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of the hedge
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Usefulness of the hedge
They are invaluable aids for agriculture and include pollinating insects and predatory birds that attack pests.
There are also salamanders, lizards, snakes, hedgehogs, hoopoes, warblers, nuthatches and red-backed shrikes (which impale their prey on thorns).
In preserved hedgerows you will see :
Sparrows, chased by the hawk, buzzards, goshawks, kestrels, (the symbol of our department), barn owls, and the long-eared owl.
..And the cardamine pratensis (the cuckoo flower), the lathraea clandestina (the purple toothwort), the anacamptis morio (the green-winged orchid), the hawthorn and the blackthorn, which are so lovely in the spring.
..Also the roebuck, woodpecker and the yellow-bellied toad.
..Lastly near to ponds and brooks:
The grey heron, the kingfisher, the majestic flight of grey cranes migrating to Africa ...
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