Posted: 02/11/2013 at 11:18
Cotty1000.... how much wildlife do you want to encourage. Obviously there are lots of berry bearing hedge type plants, including Pyracantha ( watch out for vicious spines), cotoneaster and holly. Grown as a hedge you will get lots of birds nesting and feeding.
If you go for clematis and roses you will be pruning and cutting back to get the max. flowerpower. However this may be at the expense of the wildlife, albeit much prettier.
If you really want a wildlife hedge plant hedgerow plants, including bramble. fruit for the birds and crumble for you.
( p.s. don't forget to think long term. will you need to trim the hedge on the fence side as well as the front, do you need to get behind it for any reason?)