Dead hedge - end of Day 2 22102019

Building a Dead Hedge

So, what is a Dead Hedge? “A dead hedge is a barrier constructed from cut branches, saplings, and foliage. The material can be gathered from activities such as pruning or clearing, and in traditional forms of woodland management, such as coppicing. Its ecological succession can be a beetle bank or hedge.”

Silver Birch Monoculture


In September 2023, it was proposed to the Club’s Board, that we develop a comprehensive Woodland Management Plan (WMP). This initiative is essential to promote greater air circulation and ingress of light in areas of play that are currently heavily shaded.


Hinckley Golf Club’s new Ecology Group reports to the club directors on its first few months
Reproduced with kind permission of Hinckley Golf Club


Upright log piles can provide a habitat for many species of deadwood feeding (Saproxylic) invertebrates in public areas of woodlands, parks and Nature Reserves, in places where standing deadwood cannot be left due to safety reasons.

The Greenest of Greenkeepers

When I started green keeping 18 years ago I didn’t know anything about nature, or golf for that matter, I just wanted to work outside. Over that time, more and more focus has been put onto sustainability and working in ways to benefit nature, and rightly so.

Foxgloves in the Conifers

For the past five years a small team of volunteers at Market Harborough Golf Club have, with the support of the club’s board of directors, been following a series of environmental policies and projects ranging from single use plastics and recycling, to LED lighting and on course environmental enhancements.

Making Homes for Slow Worms

Slow worms are neither worms nor, in fact snakes, but a small genus of snake-like legless lizards in the family Anguidae. Its identity is given away by its abilities and blink with its eyelids.

Hornet Moth

Introducing the Hornet Moth

The Hornet Moth (Sesia apiformis) is the largest of our region’s clearwing moths and also one of the rarest. There are currently only seven known colonies within the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland).

Badger Deterrents: A Case Study from Ullesthope Court Golf Club

As with many clubs, Ullesthorpe Court GC has experienced much badger damage in the last few years, particularly on and around our greens.  A couple of methods were attempted, using sprays and smells, but with no success.

Making Homes for Newts

UPDATED JANUARY 2023: There’s a new Head Greenkeeper at Glen Gorse Golf Club: James Burberry, a passionate wildlife enthusiast, is working with the help of key members like Alan Herbert, on initiatives to benefit nature. The first, and the more unusual, is a project to restore and expand habitats for a local newt population.