On Sunday 9 January a group attended the RSPB site near Aylesbeare for a further day of hedge laying.  The hedge was quite neglected so the first stage was to remove any stems not on the top of the bank. Then the plan is to lay two parallel lines of stems to form a box two feet high. This hedge is a mixture of beech and blackthorn with an occasional oak or hazel. The stems are bent at a “pleach” where about 80% of the material is removed either by bill hook or between two saw cuts. The flexible strip of bark and cambium can then be bent so the stem lies along the line of the hedge. It is then fixed down with “crooks”, a hook shaped branch, which is driven into the top of the hedge with a big mallet.”