My local countryside is at last coming into leaf...
... the tree I see on my commute has only shown life over the last few days.
The hedgerows that border the lanes were bereft of greenery just over a week ago...
...hard to believe as I drove home this evening.
Cheshire has some beautiful countryside and hedgerows like these have been the fence of choice for centuries... supporting a wide variety of wildlife including mammals, invertebrates and of course at this time of year nesting birds.
Cheshire has lost 66% of it's hedgerows since 1992... modern farming and machinery need bigger fields.
Approx 185,000 km of hedges have been destroyed in England and Wales since the 1980's.
One of the reasons for the decline of bird species in the UK.