Wirral Flagging – A Way of Getting Local Attention For Species-Rich Hedges

, Wirral Flagging – A Way of Getting Local Attention For Species-Rich Hedges

Wirral flagging is an effective way of drawing local attention to important hedges that support local wildlife.

It also serves to showcase the area and encourage visitors to come explore it for themselves.


The Wirral boasts an impressive heritage, boasting many historic landmarks like Birkenhead Priory, Leasowe Lighthouse and Bidston Hill’s ancient carved buildings and walls.


Tranmere Rovers Football Club, the only professional club on the peninsula, plays in League Two at Prenton Park in Birkenhead. Additionally, there are a number of non-league clubs such as Cammell Laird 1907 F.C. and Neston South Wirral Hockey Club located here too.

Literature and Art

Many novels, short stories and poetry have been written about the Wirral region. Ramsey Campbell, a renowned writer who has lived on the Wirral for most of his life, wrote a novel entitled Thieving Fear that features Thurstaston Common as its central setting.

Film and Television

The Wirral has played host to a number of films and television programmes. Popular titles such as BBC two drama series Peaky Blinders and Peter Kay’s Car Share, plus Sky One’s thriller The Five, were all filmed here.

History has largely preserved many villages, particularly Burton. Their red sandstone buildings and walls remain unchanged over the years; additionally, this region features in Ramsey Campbell’s popular novels and short stories.

Conservation & Environment

The Wirral is home to an abundance of plants and animals alike. Its temperate maritime climate (Koppen: Cfb) makes it particularly ideal for both plant and animal life alike.

Hedgerows and woodland are an integral part of the landscape, yet many aren’t protected by the Countryside Act 1966. To address this problem, local authorities could organize volunteer surveys of areas with large, species-rich hedgerows.

On the Wirral, there are a number of Local History societies which may be interested in this project; perhaps working alongside CW&C or even a local Wildlife Trust to identify and mark up old routes – especially where cart tracks were once used.

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