Monthly Archives: July 2018

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 →

Monitoring marathon at Hurstans Coronation Meadows

Herefordshire Meadows Group spent 22 June at Hurstans Coronation Meadows in Sollers Hope hosted by Fiona and Chips Fyshe learning a detailed monitoring technique with Stuart Hedley as their trainer and in collaboration with Joe Costley of Plantlife.  We used a 1 x 1 m quadrat subdivided into 9 smaller squares   We did the first quadrat together, refreshing ID skills… Read more →

Careful preparation of receptor field is key to successful meadow enhancement

Herefordshire’s Coronation Meadows at Hurstans were seeded in 2015 with local provenance seed from Plantlife’s reserve at nearby Joan’s Hill Farm (donor site) The project is a collaboration between Plantlife and hosts Fiona and Chips Fyshe. This is a simple photographic record of the work as a starting point for anyone considering enhancing meadows with seed ( or green hay… Read more →

Help us press for changes to Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship grassland option prescriptions for GS2 and GS6

Please be aware that the GS2 and GS6 options in Countryside Stewardship currently don’t permit enhancement by hay strewing, seeding or wildflower plugs. Having more flowering plants in grassland is something many Herefordshire Meadows members are working on and it is very frustrating that Mid Tier works against one of our Group’s core objectives. This is because the prescriptions make… Read more →

Vintage hay making event 18th July

Jonathan Boaz is holding a vintage hay making day on Wed 18th July (to be confirmed if the weather is iffy ) It will be held at Curlew Call Farm, Saleway, near Droitwich, WR9 7JY There will be machinery, hay boxes and all kinds of hay related gismos being demonstrated. Jonathan is chair of the Worcestershire Pollinator Facilitation Fund Group with… Read more →