Caroline Hanks

Nature Recovery Network pilot – Coronation Meadows and Pollinators

Herefordshire Meadows is now involved in 1 of 6 Nature Recovery Network pilots across the country. We’re in partnership with Natural England, Plantlife, GWCT and Clarence House. It’s a wonderful chance to showcase effective ways to create more Coronation Meadows and link pollinator habitats across our mixed farming landscape and to feed our experience into future agri-envrionment system (ELMs) design.… Read more →

Late summer activity enhancing grassland in Herefordshire

After a packed summer of meadow events, discussions, training in grassland assessment and wild plant ID many members have gone home and cracked on with great work to restore, enhance and create meadows in Herefordshire. So far we’ve had photos of hay making and hay strewing and would love to have any more photos of Herefordshire Meadows projects in action.… Read more →

Roadside Verges – Herefordshire’s micro meadows

Suzanne Noble, Sally Webster and Anne Crane have completed a survey of Herefordshire’s 33 roadside verge Local wildlife Sites with mixed results. Some are thriving, others not. Verge cutting is usually done  local contractors, farmers and lengthsmen or by Balfour Beatty for Herefordshire Council and with varying attention paid to verges of high wildlife value.  Of the original 33 designated… Read more →

Herbal leys, permanent pastures and meadows, opportunities for reducing feed costs in a conservation focussed business model

Following Jonty Brunyee’s talk at Herefordshire Meadows Forum in February we took up the offer of a visit and headed off to Conygree Farm, Aldsworth, Glos on 10 July during the hottest week of the summer so far. seed brush harvester                                     discussing meat box… Read more →

Detective work with a quadrat – plant ID on the Bromyard Downs

Herefordshire Meadows and Worcestershire Pollinator Groups met on the Bromyard Downs on 3rd July for plant ID training led by Stuart Hedley with Sue Holland and Peter Garner. Several members of the Bromyard Downs Commoners Association (BDCA) joined the group as we looked at plants in three different grassland areas on the Common. Although close together these areas have been… Read more →