On the 22nd May twenty nine keen attendees set off across Bromyard Downs and down onto Warren Farm in the early evening sunshine for the first of this year’s Meadow Walks. James Hawkins, Chair of the Bromyard Downs Commoners Association, tenant farmer at Warren Farm and Herefordshire Meadows Chair of Trustees, kindly led the tour through the land he manages, including 2 meadows recently converted from arable crop and species-poor grassland into impressive wildflower meadows, and we had the chance to discuss the methods used and lessons learned.
Attendees also got the chance to speak to University of Liverpool PHD researcher Indie Jones. Indie is looking into invertebrate populations on grasslands across the country, hoping to deliver supporting evidence for the use of wildlife corridors as a conservation tool for pollinators (e.g. Buglife’s B-Lines project), and helping to inform future conservationefforts. You can read more about her research project here. FW
A delightful start to the season and we look forward to seeing you at the next of our Meadow Walks!