Hedges will provide shelter, nesting sites, safe wildlife corridors, nectar and of course berries. Mixed native hedging is the most attractive but any hedging plant that also provides shelter should not be dismissed.
A comprehensive list below shows many options for hedging that will be attractive to wildlife for a variety of reasons.
Acer campestre, Buxus sempervirens, Crataegus monogyna, Carpinus betulus, Corylus avellana and ornamental Corylus, Cupressusocyparis leylandii, Elaeagnus sp, Euonymus alatus and europaeus, Fagus sylvatica, Hippophea rhamnoides, Ilex aquifolium – all varieties, Ligustrum vulgare, Malus, Prunus spinosa, Prunus laurocerasus, Prunus lustinica ‘Myrtifolia’, Pyracantha, Rosa canina, Salix sp, Taxus baccata, Thuja plicata, Viburnum opulus and Viburnum lantana,
Climbers and wall shrubs clothe a wall adding another dimension to a garden. Many evergreen options will provide shelter but deciduous climbers and wall shrubs are just as valuable to visiting and permanent wildlife. Climbers provide nest building material, nectar, shelter, nesting areas, berries for mammals and birds and create habitats for spiders and insects for birds to feed on.
Akebia, Ceanothus, Clematis, Euonymus, Fatshedera, Hedera, Humulus lupulus, Hydrangea petiolaris, Jasminum, Lonicera, Parthenocissus, Pileostegia viburnoides, Pyracantha, Climbing Roses, Solanum, Sweet Peas, Trachelospermum, Vitis – ornamental and edible and Wisteria.