Good hedgerow management for this species will create/result in big, dense native hedgerows which include frequent blackthorn in the species mix and are cut in a management rotation which retains seeds and berries as winter food resources for wildlife. This management will benefit many farmland birds, in particular winter visitors such as fieldfares and redwings.
Opportunities to create/improve/extend suitable habitat for this species include:
- Restoring overgrown/neglected hedgerows by coppicing, hedge-laying and planting up gaps
- Extending the hedge management cycle to allow hedges to grow taller and wider, and hedgerow fruits and berries to ripen
- Planting new hedgerows, including blackthorn in the shrub species mix
Creating and managing areas for the Brown hairstreak will help deliver the following benefits to communities: