Shelterbelts and ‘Living Barn’ Wood Pasture Mosaics

A big thank you to Rich Thomas who hosted the third event in our Meadows, Mosaics and Mitigating Climate Change spring series. We kicked off the afternoon with guest speaker Sam Hollick (Bangor University) who spoke to us about his research on shelterbelts and how they can be integrated into grassland systems to help improve livestock productivity and resilience. We then went out… Read more →

A Wilder Herefordshire Project

We are excited to announce that we will be working this summer to support  Herefordshire Wildlife Trust deliver a part of their Green Recovery Challenge Fund project ‘A Wilder Herefordshire’. Herefordshire Meadows will be working with landowners across the county to identify and select new, grassland Local Wildlife Sites (LWS). As well as surveying these botanically diverse sites we will… Read more →

Grassland Carbon – restoration, creation and management practices that affect carbon sequestration in grasslands

Caroline Hanks (Herefordshire Meadows) chaired a sequence of talks and a panel discussion at a Zoom event hosted by Plantlife as part of their Meadow Makers partnership, that gave an introduction to the rapidly evolving science on grassland carbon. Drawing upon the findings from her 2021 report for CIEEM entitled Carbon and Ecosystems: Restoration and Creation to Capture Carbon Penny Anderson… Read more →

Making Meadows across Herefordshire

With the support of various funders, since 2019 Herefordshire Meadows members have been able to carry out meadow restoration works across the county. Most recently, in 2021, as a partner on Plantlife’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund Meadow Makers project we have restored over 56ha of additional wildflower meadows across Herefordshire. Below is a map showing where we have been working.… Read more →

Herefordshire Meadows March Newsletter

We are officially into meteorological spring and for all those who restored meadows last year, or have well established meadows, now is the time to start looking for those yellow rattle seedlings and ensuring that livestock are removed when they start appearing. This month as we wrap the Meadow Makers project, we are excited to announce that we will be… Read more →

Wood Meadows with George Peterken

Kicking off our series of spring talks entitled Meadows, Mosaics and Mitigating Climate Change George Peterken, renowned woodland ecologist, nature conservation advisor and author of the book Meadows (2013 British Wildlife Collection), gave a fascinating presentation on the topic of wood meadows. After first introducing the concept and showing some examples of traditional wood meadows in Europe, specifically in the Baltic states… Read more →

Funding bid for new meadows project in North Herefordshire

Are you a landowner in North Herefordshire? Would you like help and advice in creating wildflower-rich habitats on your land?   UK conservation charity Buglife are working with partners in Shropshire and North Herefordshire to build a landscape scale, habitat connectivity project across the two counties. A bid is being put together to restore and create wildflower-rich habitats in our… Read more →

Role of well grazed and rested deep rooted diverse swards in carbon sequestration

We are grateful to Christine Page for sharing her drawings that help us think about the role of grazing systems with long rest periods and deep rooted diverse swards in carbon sequestration. To find out if your grazing system supports rapid or slow carbon sequestration click this link  You can find out more on our website  and Floodplain Meadows Partnership Read more →