Carys Solman

Good news from DEFRA about new rates for flower rich grassland

Good news about new rates for flower rich grassland in DEFRA’s recent announcement. Get ahead and make sure your eligible grassland gets on the Priority Habitat Inventory! Recent good news from DEFRA included new rates for species rich grassland, and we are celebrating with the Floodplain Meadow Partnership that floodplain meadows now have a special rate of their own too.… Read more →

November 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to our November 2023 Newsletter. Herefordshire meadows wrapped up this year’s restoration works in October and we now await the emergence of seedlings! Work continues on a couple of new projects, looking to create species-rich grasslands in north Herefordshire, and develop plans for a variety of landscape enhancements in the Wye Valley National Landscape. See the updates below for… Read more →

Engagement Event for Landowners between Coughton & Marstow

On the evening of the 8th October Herefordshire Meadows and Wye Valley National Landscape held an outreach event for local landowners at Goodrich Village Hall. This event was to promote a new funding opportunity offered by the National Grid’s Landscape Enhancement Initiative fund, for landowners within 3km of the high voltage power lines (see below map of project area). With… Read more →

A busy 2023 for Herefordshire Meadows

Herefordshire Meadows has had a busy year creating around 71ha of new species-rich grasslands at 24 sites across Herefordshire: 36.49ha of new species-rich grassland was created thanks our 2-year Botanica project funded by WWF & Airwick (a total of 63.5ha of species rich grassland created over 2022-2023). 18ha was created in North Herefordshire in partnership with Buglife, as part of… Read more →

Flower Rich Grassland Management & Restoration Advice Service for Land Managers in the Wye Valley AONB

Herefordshire Meadows is excited to be involved in a new Wye Valley AONB project to provide support to grassland farmers and land managers in the Herefordshire portion of the Wye Valley AONB. This work is funded by the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) Programme, which is being administered by the Wye Valley AONB on behalf of DEFRA, as part of… Read more →

Moths and Meadows in the Black Mountains

Hilary Engel hosted a moth evening at Fair Oak Farm this May, for some neighbouring Herefordshire Meadows members and other enthusiasts in the Black Mountains.  Below is their report of the evening’s findings, and some links to resources for those wanting to get started with moth trapping. Moth Evening, Fair Oak Farm, May 2023 We set up three traps in… Read more →

Plant ID & Meadow Monitoring Training Day

On Tuesday 6th June meadow owners from across Herefordshire attended a Plant Identification training day at The Leen Farm, Pembridge.  The day was led by County Botanical Recorder and Herefordshire Meadows Trustee Stuart Hedley, who introduced the group to the Rapid Plant Monitoring Method, a simple technique for monitoring changes in grassland over time. The session was aimed at equipping… Read more →

Herefordshire Meadows welcomes new assistant Meadow Adviser

Herefordshire Meadows is pleased to announce a new member to the team as we welcome our new assistant meadows advisor Carys Solman.  This new role will support Caroline Hanks and Rory Johnson on our Airwick Botanica grassland restoration and Buglife B-lines projects as well as the Herefordshire Meadows Advisory Service. Carys Solman has been working with the Wildlife Trusts for… Read more →