As the days draw shorter and shorter, take some time to explore or watch again the fantastic array of meadow related talks and webinars that have been taking place over the past year. Many of these are available free of charge on YouTube including the entire Floodplain Meadows 2021 Partnership Conference (see below). Read on to also find a link to a webinar that our meadow maker trainee, Maya Broadbank gave along with her fellow Plantlife trainees.
We have given details of another good winter activity you can be doing which is to make sure you either a) send us your BeeWalk data if it is part of one of the meadow maker projects in 2019, 2020 or 2021, or, if not and you have carried out a BeeWalk on your land b) upload any bee survey data you have collected over the summer onto the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s main web platform.
We hope that you aren’t too despondent about the current lack of ambition for permanent diverse grassland swards and soils in the recent Sustainable Farming Incentive announcement. We are encouraging all livestock farmers and meadow owners to tell DEFRA and the wider public at every opportunity that the permanent swards we are managing and creating are part of the answer to the climate and ecological emergency as much as herbal leys and arable field margins which are included in SFI. We’re very aware of the long list of benefits for soil health, biodiversity, flood and drought resilience to name a few. All we are asking is for the practices we are adopting to be fairly valued and rewarded in all 3 strands of ELMs. Keep up the good work on this front and please suggest how we might work together more effectively to achieve this.
We are calling for anyone with potential species rich donor sites to get in touch as we look ahead to more restoration projects next year and for those who were part of the 2021 Meadow Makers project if you haven’t yet returned your tarpaulins and builders sacks please do get in touch and we will arrange collection.
That then just leaves us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to more exciting meadow activity in 2022!!
Floodplain Meadows Partnership Conference 2021
All of the talk recordings from the fourth, annual, Floodplain Meadows Partnership Conference are now available to watch online for free here.
Breathing new life: How the next generation of conservationists are making meadows matter
As part of their Fall into Nature series Plantlife invited all their meadow maker trainees, including our trainee Maya Broadbank, to share some of their thoughts and experiences of the traineeship. Listen to what they have all been up to here.
Managing meadows of all sizes with mowing
Not everyone has access to grazing to manage their meadow. Plantlife have created a fantastic new webpage on their Meadows Hub where you can read all about managing meadows of all sizes with mowing. You can read all their top tips and watch the instructional videos here.