Herefordshire Meadows May Newsletter

More and more things have started bursting into life over the past month, the early spring flowers are appearing and there is a buzz in the air. Things have been busy behind the scenes too at Herefordshire Meadows. Our team has grown again as we have been joined by Maya Broadbank, a Plantlife Meadow Maker trainee. Maya has already been out and about around the county honing her ID skills. Read on to learn about an exciting programme of talks and the first opportunity to join our 2021 ID training sessions . Also see the section on machinery demos and loans, discover how you can take part in Plantlife’s cowslip survey, join the Herefordshire Meadows scything team and much more.


Upcoming events:


Wednesday 5th May 6-7pm – ‘A Smallholders Experience of Machinery for Flower Rich Meadows’ with Tim Daniels

Tim Daniels will give us a presentation about his 5.5-acre flower rich smallholding in Newton St. Margarets. This talk is for any smallholder who’s wondering about the cost-benefits of purchasing their own machinery as opposed to setting up a machinery share with neighbours or outsourcing to local contractors instead.


You will be sent the Zoom link shortly before the webinar for further details please visit our website.


Wednesday 26th May 3-5pm – ‘Introduction to Plant Identification – rapid monitoring method’ with Stuart Hedley

Stuart Hedley will lead a zoom session on meadow plant identification aimed at beginners and improvers. He will focus on introducing our rapid monitoring method as a quick way to assess changes in plant diversity due to meadow management and restoration. This is a must for those in the 2021 Meadow Makers project and anyone else making a meadow with any source of funding, in a stewardship scheme or under your own steam.


You will be sent the Zoom link shortly before the webinar for further details please visit our website


Tuesday 8th June 6-7pm – ‘What’s  the buzz about – are all pollinator habitats equal?  with Dr Paul Cross

In this talk, Dr Paul Cross (Bangor University) will introduce the science being conducted to better understand some of the challenges facing pollinators in the wider landscape. He will highlight key indicator species to look out for in a healthy meadow and also which restored and created habitats are of most benefit to our native pollinators.


You will be sent the Zoom link shortly before the webinar for further details please visit our website.


Calling all scythers for 24th July 11 – 6 pm at The Shropshire Hills Hay Meadow Festival, A fun filled family day at the Discovery centre, Craven Arms, celebrating Wildflower Meadows and their Wealth of Wildlife.

We are hoping to send a team of scythers from Herefordshire. If you’re interested in taking part please get in touch with Rory Johnson or Sue Holland


Listen/ Watch/ Read again:

Better together: how facilitation groups are transforming nature recovery’

On 8th April the White Peak Farmers group hosted the first talk of their new Networks for Nature: Facilitating Collaborative Farming webinar series. Among the speakers were Caroline Hanks and James Hawkins of Herefordshire Meadows who gave an insight into how farmers and landowners across the county are working together to bring about tangible environmental improvements. You can watch the full webinar again here.


Principles of Creating Flower Rich Meadows’ with Caroline Hanks, Sue Holland and Rory Johnson

A talk covering the basics of restoring land to a wildflower meadow including how to prepare the land for seeding, where to source wildflower seeds and when to introduce grazing stock. The full webinar is available to watch again here.