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Positive steps for the future – mapping your meadows

Planning a mid-tier application with grassland management options? Thinking ahead for future schemes?  Action now could help you quality for the higher mid-tier payment rate, GS6 Management of Species Rich Grassland, one of the options available to support priority habitats and species and which requires endorsement and written approval from Natural England.  It might also ensure eligibility in future schemes… Read more →

Meadow Restoration One Year On

Thanks to everyone who joined us this week to see the progress of meadow restoration one year on. Many thanks to Hilary Hillier who kindly showed us around her lovely meadows at Bythan, and particularly the meadow she enhanced a year ago with seed from Plantlife’s Joan’s Hill reserve as part of the 2019 NRN pilot . It was great to… Read more →

Can Sheep Be Regenerative?

Herefordshire Meadows member Rich Thomas is starting to bring regenerative approaches to the farm and is currently trialling the best approaches when grazing sheep and cattle together. This podcast explores his experience of regenerative agriculture whilst working with herbal and diverse swords. If you missed this podcast here’s the link: ReGenAg Chat Ep. 7 with Rich Thomas on Can Sheep… Read more →

Wonderful Waxcaps – What to look out for this autumn.

Waxcaps are familiar-shaped fungi that are often brightly-coloured with a waxy or slippery outside. They are found in grasslands that are generally poor in nutrients – such as old pasture, sand dunes, heathland, lawns and cemeteries. Plantlife have brought out a New Waxcap App (WaxcApp), which has been developed to help users identify them. It is important that we discover where they… Read more →

Pollinator Meadows 2020 restoration – 10.3 ha COMPLETED AND ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR!

Pollinator Meadows 2020 restoration Work to restore and create 10.3 ha of flower rich meadows on the 6 sites which were part of the  Pollinator Meadows  2020 Project – a partnership with Plantlife and funded by the Duke of Cornwall’s Benevolent Fund has now been completed! Thanks to all who have been involved – donors and meadow makers and for… Read more →

Seedling Safari – 21st Oct 2020

Seedling Safari – First Stop of the Season. Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Herefordshire Meadows Group discussion this week, it was great to be out in the field, despite the torrential rain. Many thanks to Ian Horsley of Baston Hall for hosting the event and showing us his young seedlings and letting us explore his older, flower… Read more →

Grassland Management improves Soil Health and Plant Diversity

Source: Farmers Weekly, 19th Oct 2020: How soil focus avoids supplementary feeding on Welsh farm Geraint Powell, situated near Hay-on-Wye, manages his Welsh livestock using a grazing system dictated by a strict pasture recovery. This system is building soil organic matter and increasing plant diversity, enabling him to produce lamb from grass only. Central to Mr Powell’s system is allowing… Read more →

Marvellous Meadows in the Wye Valley

On the hottest day in August we contributed to a short film about meadow restoration at The Hyde in Woolhope, thanks to JOhn and Mary Windham. This was one of three short films commissioned for the Wye Valley AONB’s 2020 Wye Valley River Festival.  You can watch the video below and catch up with a discussion session that follows with… Read more →

Making Mosaics – 13th October 2020

Scrub Management with Livestock – Discussion Thanks to everyone who joined the latest Herefordshire Meadows Group Discussion, it was great to be able to return to the field.  At this first event back, Rich Thomas of Risbury Court took us through how he has been managing his scrub, grassland, orchard and woodland areas. During the walk, Rich shared his experience… Read more →