Hedgerows over much of this region are basically hawthorn. It is cheap, grows easily, is subject to few diseases and with just a little effort can be made stockproof. But Matt is looking to enrich these hedges, a good example being the one on the western edge of the farm which forms the boundary between his land and the A361. Yesterday Chris dropped me off en-route to Byfield where she was meeting friends and I took a closer look.
Hawthorn is still the basis of the hedge and is, of course, excellent for wildlife. Spot the shield bug? It is centre-right on the photograph, a specimen of the Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina.
A green shieldbug is halfway down on the right hand side.
Foxhill Farm, 23 May, 2019
I am always pleased to see Guelder-rose. Foxhill Farm, Badby, Northants.
23 May, 2019
The simple flowers of Spindle are not obvious to us but small insects
manage to find them. Foxhill Farm, 23 May, 2019
The flowers of Black Bryony are even less obtrusive.
Foxhill farm, 23 May, 2019