Seeking your views of ‘trees outside woods’ on your farm!

Do you have hedgerows, treelines, scattered trees, or scrub on your farm? We want to learn from farmers about the benefits and challenges of managing these ‘trees outside woods’ and have compiled a short online survey to capture your views. If you would like to take part in the survey it can be found here. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and is anonymous. We would love to hear from you, whatever your views!

This is part of a wider joint University of Oxford and Woodland Trust project. We are using national-scale landscape and biodiversity data to explore the value of these features for wildlife and the environment. The survey results will be used to help develop recommendations for supporting the important work of farmers in protecting and managing ‘trees outside woods’.

Thank you so much for your time and if you have any questions on this project, please feel free to get in touch with Ruth Feber (

Ruth Feber writes of herself “I work with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), part of the Biology Department at Oxford University, studying the ecology of farmland wildlife. My research career began on the University’s farm at Wytham, Oxford, looking at how field margin management can benefit butterflies. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to work on different farms and landscapes, and on a range of wild species and their habitats. I hope that our research can help provide evidence to support farmers in their important work. Nature-friendly farming makes a huge difference for wildlife, bringing benefits for people and the environment.”

The Herald. Caterpillars of this striking moth feed on willows and poplars..

About WildCRU

Part of the University of Oxford’s Department of Biology, the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research.

All images courtesy of Ruth Feber. CC BY-NC-SA

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