Properly maintained, traditional hedges provide a substitute for lost woodland edge habitat for many species of flora and fauna; the RSPB estimates they now support up to 80% of our woodland birds, which are enduring fierce population falls. Hedges planted with native species are rich in flora and fauna, and have been an important feature of our countryside since the Bronze Age. You can find out more about how and why to plant a native hedge here. Here we list good individual hedge plants so that you can design your own hedge, as well as different mixes for more diverse hedges or for a specific purpose.