Past events


National Meadows Day walk at Urishay Court Farm

National Meadows Day

From 15.00 until 18.00

At Urishay Court Farm HR2 0SY

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Meadow Walk and Native Anthotype Exploration

Our first evening meadow walk of 2024 with local artist Paul Ligas

From 17:30 until 20:00

At Bythan, HR7 4LB

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Herefordshire Meadows at St Michael's Hospice Plant Fair

St Michael's Hospice Plant Fair

From 10.30 until 16.00

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Importance of Habitat Connectivity for Pollinators

Join Buglife and two PhD Researchers, Indiana Jones & Aaron Bhambra for a fascinating webinar

From 19:00 until 20:00

At Zoom webinar

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Different Approaches to Grassland Management

Farm walk and lunch at Madresfield Estate hosted by Pasture for Life

From 10:00 until 14:00

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Understanding Farmers Perspectives on ELMs: SFI & CS Options

A DEFRA run workshop aiming to understand how ELMs is working/ could work in Herefordshire and the surrounding area

From 10:00 until 14:45

At The Kindle Centre

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Winter Management of Species-Rich Grassland

Join Buglife & Herefordshire Meadows to discuss optimal winter management of species-rich grassland

From 14:00 until 16:00

At Barns Farm, South Shropshire, SY7 8BJ

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Sustainable Farming Incentive: How & Why?

From 12:30 until 15:30

At Hereford Rowing Club

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Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day 2023

From 12:00 until 18:00

At Rusty Bridge Suite

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Landscape Enhancement Initiative in the Lower Wye

Do you manage land between Coughton and Marstow? Join us at Goodrich Village Hall to find out about a funding bid for habitat enhancement works

From 17:00 until 19:00

At Goodrich Village Hall

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Waxcap Walk - CHANGE OF VENUE - Now being held in Eaton Bishop

Join us for an autumnal ID day at Stockings Meadow Nature Reserve led by Jo Weightman, the Herefordshire Fungus Recorder.

From 10:30 until 12:30

At Tuck Mill, Ruckhall, Eaton Bishop, HR2 9QQ

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Breakfast on the Farm

From 09:00 until 12:00

At Townsend Farm

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Festival of Wildlife

A celebration of the 'Hidden Herefordshire' project

From 10:00 until 16:00

At Hellens Manor

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Parrysfield Scythe Festival 27th - 30th July

Scything, hay bale making, games, refreshments and more

At Parrysfield, Orcop Hill, HR2 8SD

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Evening Meadow Walk with Herefordshire Meadows FULLY BOOKED WAITING LIST ONLY

Guided walk through the meadows at Far House Farm

From 15:30 until 17:30

At Far House Farm, Lower Maescoed

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Pollinator Monitoring and Meadow Walk with Indie Jones FULLY BOOKED WAITING LIST ONLY

Guided walk and a chance to learn about important meadows research and pollinator monitoring techniques

From 17:00 until 19:00

At Colwall Orchard Group, Colwall

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National Meadows Day – Herefordshire’s Coronation Meadow 10 years on

A chance to visit one of the original coronation meadow project restoration sites

From 14:00 until 16:00

At Hurstans, Soller's Hope

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Green Futures Roadshow

At Luctonians Rugby Club (21st), Ledbury Rugby Club (22nd), Bromyard Rugby Club (26th) & The Hay Barn, Dulas (27th)

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Open Garden Event at Eardisley Castle followed by Choral Evensong in Eardisley Church

A chance to visit some recently restored wildflower meadows and support a local charity

From 14:00 until 17:30

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Orchard Management for Biodiversity

Join the Colwall Orchard Group, in partnership with the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), for a free event (booking essential) on Thursday 8th June 2023 at the Colwall Village Garden.

From 10:00 until 16:00

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Get your Floodplain Meadow Conference early bird tickets before March 17th

A two-day conference hosted by the Floodplain Meadows Partnership, taking an holistic look at floodplain meadow restoration

At Oxford Natural History Museum

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Meadow Walk and pollinator presentation FULLY BOOKED WAITING LIST ONLY

Join us for a late Spring walk across the wonderful Bromyard Downs and on to a field restored in 2019

From 16:15 until 19:00

At Bromyard Downs HR7 4QP

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Farming in a Floodplain

A chance to visit beef farmer Andy Rumming at Waterhay who farms on the upper Thames floodplain

From 10:15 until 14:00

At Waterhay Farm

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Spring Plant Fair at Broxwood Court

Kick starting the growing year all proceeds from the Broxwood Plant Fair also go to support the Card Shed charity.

From 10:30 until 16:00

At Broxwood Court, nr Pembridge, Herefordshire HR6 9JJ

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Get the Marches Buzzing Launch Event

Join Buglife and Herefordshire Meadows for a free webinar event to learn more about this cross-county project

From 19:00 until 20:30

At Webinar

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Wye Valley AONB Seminar on Water Resources

A free event with inspiring talks from leading experts in soil and land management, agroforestry and Natural Flood Management.

From 10:00 until 15:00

At Goodrich Village Hall

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Seedling Safari and Winter Management practices for recently restored swards

A chance to discuss winter meadow management with or without grazing livestock to increase the chances of your restoration being successful.

From 13:15 for 13:30 until 15:30

At Westfield Steading, Auberrow HR4 8AJ

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CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER Join us for an autumnal ID day at Stockings Meadow Nature Reserve led by Jo Weightman, the Herefordshire Fungus Recorder.

From 11.00am until 1.00pm

At Stockings Meadow Reserve, Green Lane, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4RY

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Making SFI Moorland Easy - New Digital Tools

A free webinar session being run by the Foundation for Common Land looking at how to deliver SFI Moorland on Commons

From 7:30pm

At Zoom

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Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day

From 12:00 until 18:00

At Hereford Racecourse

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Developing Natural Capital and Agri-environment schemes in the Woolhope Dome

Discover how farm businesses and small holdings within the Woolhope Dome can benefit from landscape scale environmental projects in a high input cost and high food price scenario

From 18:00 until 20:00

At Woolhope Village Hall

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Soil Mentor Training

Training opportunity being run by the Pasture for Life association to understand changes on your land, both above and below ground and make informed decisions using the Soilmentor app.

From 10:00 until 15:00

At Model Farm, Ross on Wye, HR9 7NN

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Celebrating flower rich grassland: past successes and future opportunities to integrate wood pasture and wood meadow with farming FULLY BOOKED waiting list only

A chance to celebrate some of the many successes of Herefordshire Meadows over the past six years, and look forward and discuss some of the opportunities on the horizon.

From 3.00pm until 7.00pm

At Fernhall Farm

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Botanical ID/ Survey Day with Stuart Hedley

From 10.00 until 16:00

At Ewyas Harold Common HR2 0JD

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Grass ID Training day led by Stuart Hedley - what's that grass and what are my livestock eating ?

An opportunity to look in detail at the identification features of this fascinating but challenging group

From 14:00 until 17:00

At Parsonage Farm, Wellington, Hereford, HR4 8AJ

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National Meadows Day

Meadow walk and discussion

From 13.45 for 14:00 until 17:00

At Olchon Court Farm, Llanveynoe, HR2 0NL

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Bumblebee ID Training led by Dr Richard Comont - Booking opens on 1st June

Learn how to distinguish between the most common bumblebee species and practice catching and identifying bees in the field

From 09.30 for 10.00 until 13.00

At Adhisthana Court, Coddington HR8 1JL

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Wood Pasture Mosaics at Moccas Village Hall and Moccas Hill Wood

Join us to find out how to restore and create one of our least understood but most diverse wildlife habitats whilst mitigating climate change at the same time.

From 10.00 for 10.30 until 13.30

At Moccas Village Hall, Moccas, HR2 9LQ

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Shelterbelts and 'Living Barn' Wood Pasture Mosaics

Workshop on trees and shelterbelts on farms

From 15:30 until 17:30

At Risbury Court HR6 ONG courtesy of Richard Thomas

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Wood Meadows

Webinar with George Peterken

From 18:00 until 19:30

At Zoom webinar

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For the Love of Meadows - a guide to starting and running a meadows group

Webinar featuring Herefordshire Meadows Chair James Hawkins and Caroline Hanks

From 18:00 until 19:00

At Zoom webinar

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Spring into Action with Plantlife

Plantlife's Spring into Action 2022 digital event series

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Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day 2021

From 12:00 until 18:00

At Three Counties Hotel, Hereford

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Floodplain Meadows Partnership Conference 2021

Scaling up restoration for delivery of nature based solutions 

At webinar

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What's the buzz about - are all pollinator habitats equal?

Webinar with Dr Paul Cross on the challenges and opportunities for pollinators in the wider landscape

From 6pm until 7pm

At Zoom webinar

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Introduction to BEEWALK survey for meadow makers

How do I know if my meadow restoration is working?

From 5 pm until 6 pm

At Zoom webinar

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Introduction to Plant Identification - rapid monitoring method

Zoom training with County Plant Recorder, Stuart Hedley

From 3pm until 5pm

At Zoom webinar

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A Smallholders Experience of Machinery for Flower Rich Meadows

Webinar with Tim Daniels

From 6pm until 7pm

At Zoom webinar

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Principles of Creating Flower Rich Meadows

Workshop with Caroline Hanks and Sue Holland

From 6pm until 7pm

At Zoom webinar

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Utilising Native Breeds for Conservation and Regenerative Grazing

Webinar with Tom Blunt, RBST Field Officer

From 5 pm until 6 pm

At Zoom

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Mapping diverse swards of the future

Workshop on Opportunity and Natural Capital mapping led by Matt Pitts of Plantlife

From 5 pm until 6.30 pm

At Zoom webinar

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Biological Pathways to Carbon-Rich Soils

Webinar on enhancing soil structure and function led by Dr Christine Jones

From 7.30pm

At Zoom webinar

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Opportunities for transition to profitable livestock farming

Zoom webinar with questions and discussion

From 5 pm until 6.30 pm

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Meadow Restoration 1 year on

From 2.00 until 3.30

At Bythan, Avenbury, HR7 4LB

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Seedling Safari - First Stop of the Season

Discussion meeting courtesy of Ian Horsley with Matt Pitts of Plantlife

From 2:30pm until 4:00pm

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Moths, meadows and mills

An evening walk at Fair Oak, Bacton followed by moth trapping after dark.

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Wildflower seedling safari 2 with Matt Pitts from Plantlife

Yellow rattle and continuing the balancing act between wildflower seedlings, grass and weeds in a young meadow

From 09.45 for 10.00 until 13.00

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Scrub management at Credenhill Park Wood hill fort - CANCELLED

Transforming coniferous woodland to species rich grassland and wood pasture

From 09.45 for 10.00 until 13.00

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Herefordshire Meadows 4th Annual Forum. Carbon, cows and calculators. Diverse swards as part of the solution.

Carbon, cows and calculators. Diverse swards as part of the solution.

From 9.45 for 10.00 until 14.00. Lunch from 13.00

At Bishops Frome Village Hall, WR6 5AR

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Big Farmland Bird Count 2020

A chance to get involved in a simple 30 minute bird survey on your farm or meadow

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Rapid method grassland assessment training

Stuart Hedley leads a session for not quite beginners and improvers to master a simple technique for 2019 surveys

From 2.00 until 5.30 pm

At Warren Farm, Brockhampton Park courtesy of James Hawkins

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Enhancing Ecosystems at Any Scale

From 6.30 pm

At Caradoc, Sellack, Ross on Wye, HR9 6LS. Kindly hosted by Major & Mrs Patrick Darling.

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Bumblebee ID training

Hayley Herridge of B lines leads a day course

From 9.45 for 10.00 until 3.30

At Home Farm Dulas and Parks reserve courtesy of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

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Herbal leys, grazing sytems, diverse pastures and meadows

A farm visit for anyone seriously considering the transition from set stocking to rotational grazing.

From 10.30 until 12.30

At Lower House Farm, Longtown, HR2 0NT

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Bumblebee ID training

Richard Comont of Bulmblebee Conservation leads a day course

From 9.45 for 10.00 until 3.30

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Rapid method grassland assessment training

From 2.00 until 5.30 pm

At Fernhall Brilley courtesy of Nick Lloyd

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Wildflower grassland and meat boxes

A visit to Pentwyn Farm SSSI and Wysewood Common reserve to discuss practicalities of managing livestock on nature reserve with open access as well as setting up and running a meat box scheme.

From 2.45 for 3 pm until 5 pm

At Pentwyn Farm, Penallt, Monmouth courtesy of Tim Green, Senior Farm and Wildlife Development Officer with Gwent Wildlife Trust, NP25 4SE

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Rapid method grassland assessment

This for farmers in the Meadow Making pilot and for anyone who can help monitor one of these 18 sites across Herefordshire in 2019 and as the meadows establish in future years.

From 12.30 until 4.30

At Lewstone Farm, Ganarew courtesy of James and Anne Herbert, NP25 3SS

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Bumblebee ID training day

Bumblebee ID training day with Richard COmont

From 9.45 for 10.00 until 3.30

At Croome Park, Worcestershire courtesy of National Trust

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So you own a woodland...............

An event with Nick Smith of Forestry Commission hosted by Will Bullough to consider all aspects of small woodland management. To include ride management, thinning, coppice working, natural regen, biodiversity including flower rich areas, protected species, felling licences, grants, management plans, tree health, tree ID & pruning, deer & squirrels. Booking not yet open

At Whitney on Wye

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Grazing strategies for small farms

A workshop for those considering how to graze or let grazing on a small farm to produce healthy livestock and flower rich swards.

From 4.00 pm until 6.30 pm

At Brookmead, Old Church Road, Colwall, WR13 6HA courtesy of Lindsay Williams

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Nutritional benefits of herbal leys and wildflower meadows

From 09.45 until 14.00

At Bishops Frome Village Hall, WR6 5AR

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Big Farmland Bird Count

Spend just 30 minutes counting birds on your land to find out how birds are doing in the winter and demonstrate the benefits of the work you're doing to provide year round habitat and food for birds.

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Growing native orchids in meadows and gardens

An illustrated talk by Suzanne Noble of British Orchids.

From 7.30 pm

At Bodenham Village Hall, HR1 3LB

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Healthy Soil for healthy grassland and healthy livestock - WAITING LIST ONLY

Join us to find out about soil and how basic soil assessment and simple measures can improve the productivity of your swards and benefit your livestock and wildlife   

From 12.30 until 15.00

At Upper Pengethley Farm, Peterstow, HR9 6LL courtesy of Julian and Sue Partridge

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Meadow Enhancement by green hay strewing demonstration

Come and see meadow enhancement in action

From 16.00 until 18.00

At Upper Bryn Farm, Longtown, HR2 0NA courtesy of Peter Tierney

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Vintage hay making machinery demonstration day

A chance to see vintage machinery in action courtesy of Jonathan Boaz

From 2pm      until to early evening

At Curlew Call Farm , Saleway , WR9 7JY

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Herbal Leys, Permanent Pastures and Meadows

Opportunities for reducing feed costs in a conservation focussed business model

From 4.00 pm until 6.00 pm

At Conygree Farm, Aldsworth, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 3PW, courtesy of Jonty and Mel Brunyee

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Detective work with a quadrat - plant ID training on the Bromyard Downs.

Stuart Hedley will lead an exercise in plant ID revision on diverse mown grassland - both wet and dry. Beginners and improvers welcome.

From 12.00 for 12.30 until 15.30

At Public car park on Bromyard Downs SO672558. Just off the B4203 and south of the Royal Oak Pub

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Enhanced method grassland monitoring. How to work out if your meadow project is being successful.

Learn sward assessment skills at Herefordshire's Coronation Meadows with wild plant trainer Stuart Hedley and Plantlife's Joe Costley

From 10.00 for 10.30 until 5.00

At Hurstans, Sollers Hope, HR1 4RW by kind permission of Fiona and Chips Fyshe

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Meadows for Butterflies

How to manage meadows for butterflies - Ewyas Harold

From 11.00 until 2.00

At Ewyas Harold Common

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Walterstone Wildflower walk

A walk around Coedygrafel and Walterstone Common led by Peter Garner, County Botanical Recorder, to see and learn about wildflowers, including several rarities

From 2 pm

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Restoring Meadows at Brockhampton

Meadow restoration from garden to landscape scale - a chance to hear Peter Clay explain the practicalities of meadow restoration and creation using a range of techniques and machinery

From 12.00 until 15.00

At Brockhampton Cottage, Brockhampton, Herefordshire, HR1 4TQ courtesy of Peter Clay. Grid Ref SO 598315

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