Catch up: What’s the buzz about – are all pollinator habitats equal?

On 8th June, Dr Paul Cross, senior lecturer at the School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University, gave a fascinating talk on some of the key challenges facing pollinators. Drawing upon data from several large collaborative research projects, Dr Cross presented the unequivocal evidence that pollinator numbers have fallen sharply in the past 50 years. Dr Cross then went on to… Read more →

Meadow Plant ID training session

On 26th May County Plant Recorder Stuart Hedley led an excellent zoom training session on meadow plant identification aimed at beginners and improvers. Stuart began by outlining to members how to properly carry out a rapid monitoring assessment survey. Stuart then went on to teach some essential ID tips covering all of the most distinctive species of Herefordshire’s lowland meadows… Read more →

Rootwave Pro demonstration

On May 12th Stephen Jelley, Global Head of Sales for RootWave, demonstrated the potential of using electrical treatment as a means of controlling perennial weeds at one of our Meadow Maker sites. RootWave’s Electricide technology produces a 5000V charge which boils weeds from the root upwards. The technology is relatively new but advancing all the time and it offers an… Read more →

Flower rich meadows: where to begin?

If you are curious about creating a wildflower meadow but uncertain how – or perhaps even why – to begin, there are some brilliant resources available online to guide you through the very basics. Vicky Bowskill, farmland ecology researcher and writer of the blog “Tales from the Quadrat”, has created a short video to describe why meadows are such vital… Read more →

Catch up – 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. The discussion looked at how the collaborative approach adopted by Farmer Facilitation Groups around the country is leading to impressive results on the ground. The talk began with Natural England’s Brian McDonald, Manager of the Countryside Stewardship… Read more →

Plantlife launches new surveying app for 2021 Great British Wildflower Hunt

The 2021 Great British Wildflower Hunt has just begun and this year Plantlife have developed a new, free surveying app ‘Survey123’ so that participants can use their smart phones to collect and submit their wildflower data. Over the sping and summer Plantlife will run four different Hunts with over 70 different iconic British Wildflowers to look out for. This is… Read more →

Catch up: Tom Blunt on Utilising Native Breeds for Conservation and Regenerative Grazing

On 9th March Tom Blunt, from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), gave a comprehensive overview of the role that native rare breeds can play in conservation and regenerative grazing systems. A large number of different livestock options were discussed including; sheep, goats, cattle, equines and pigs. Tom explained some of the differences between species and breeds and their pros… Read more →