Many native birds get food and shelter and protection from a hawthorn hedging
Is hawthorn a tree, hedge or a bush? Whatever it is – it is a natural British plant that gives –
shelter and safety – the prickly spikes on the branches mean that predators such as sparrowhawks can’t get inside the bush. Birds of prey cannot risk tearing their feathers on the sharp thorns of the hawthorn hedge
food for birds from the berries that grow on the bush
The other week I saw a sparrowhawk with a blackbird in it’s talons. It had flown out of a laurel hedge.
If it had been a hawthorn hedge the sparrowhawk would not have gone inside as they cannot risk tearing their feathers. If a sparrowhawk damages its feathers it cannot hunt or feed.
As well as the laurel hedge we also have a lot of old hawthorn hedges / bushes / trees nearby that birds can shelter in. This hawthorn hedge has been here for years. Year after year the hawthorn gives nesting, shelter and food to a lot of birds. The hawthorn is often full of birdsong.