Caroline Hanks

Problem pairs of plants – solved

Stuart Hedley is running a series of plant monitoring training days for us this summer so Group members and farmers in the Meadow Making pilot can use a rapid plant monitoring technique to assess their meadows before and after enhancement Stuart’s working herbarium sheets include many problem pairs of plants that seem hard to distinguish at first glance. But with… Read more →

Creating bare ground for meadow restoration

There is a great summary of methods to consider if you’re preparing for meadow restoration work later this summer. You can download a summary of experiences of creating bare ground from some Coronation Meadows sites and decide which method suits you best. This is just one of a number of useful resources available on the Coronation Meadows and Magnificent Meadows… Read more →

Small scale grazing strategies

A great afternoon at Brookmead, Colwall was the venue for a discussion on Small Scale Grazing Strategies hosted by Lindsay and Jane Williams. With further thanks to James Hawkins and Sue Holland for their contributions and to Colwall Orchard Group who hired us their fabulous shed. Introduction to holistic rotational grazing was based on Pen Rashbass’ Hebridean flock in Derbyshire and the… Read more →

Big Farm Bird Count results are in

63 Herefordshire farmers took part in this years count in February and the results make interesting reading. Only Norfolk and Suffolk sent in more records than Herefordshire and this was great work on the part of Go Wild in the Curl and Herefordshire Meadows Group members. Thanks to all involved. Please do send us any interesting sightings from your survey… Read more →

Curlew Country video

You might like to watch this short film at It was made last year by a film student who was “embedded” with the Curlew Country project team in Shropshire and it gives a very nice overview of the problems facing lowland Curlews and the work Curlew Country have been doing to help them. A group has been established in Herefordshire… Read more →

More ways to provide for pollinators in the farm landscape – Environmental Seed Offers for 2019

For advice and guidance on making wildflower meadows and diverse swards please go to our INFORMATION and RESOURCES pages at As well as creating or restoring wildflower meadows most farms offer the opportunity to make other habitats for pollinators and birds. This can be done with commercial seed mixes and you can take advantage of the return of the… Read more →