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FMP Ambassadors

Floodplain Meadows Partnership Ambassadors

Our Floodplain Meadows Partnership Ambassadors have undertaken a two year training programme to study floodplain meadows, so they can understand what impacts the special plant communities in more detail. They have studied a local site by monitoring its soil water levels, plant communities and management, have analysed their data and produced a report which includes management recommendations. This training means they are able to give advice to others locally who may have issues with management of floodplain meadows. They may also run special training courses on floodplain meadows, or organise site visits. They will receive regular updates to their training through the Floodplain Meadows Partnership. Each Ambassador will cover a specific county.  More information about our Ambassadors, the counties they cover and the sites they have studied is below:



Ambassadors by County

Ambassadors who have completed their training (red areas on map):

County Study site Ambassador About

Co. Galway (Ireland)

Suck and Shannon Callows

Helen Carty Helen is a Conservation Ranger with National Parks and Wildlife Service in Ireland. She previously worked in the Shannon Callows – the largest floodplain system in Ireland. At her study site in Tower Callow she has been monitoring hydrology and plant communities within the site. She has since relocated to Connemara but is continuing monitoring and will be using her ambassadorial role in training in new staff at the site. Read more about her study site here.

Glamorgan and Monmouthshire

The Old Station

Caroline O’Rourke

Botanical, hydrological and soil surveys have been undertaken as part of the ambassador's programme, to assess the site's potential for supporting a species rich community. Caroline is an experienced botanist, and plans to investigate the opportunity for floodplain meadow restoration and creation, given the rarity of MG4 and MG8 communties in Wales. Read more about her site here.



Purwell Meadow


Dominic Coath


Dominic has been monitoring the vegetation community, the hydrology and soil properties at his site. He has over 15 years experience as an ecologist and hopes to assist management changes at Purwell Meadow. Read more here.



Marden Meadow

Sam Thomas


Sam started the ambassador programme as a project officer for Kent Wildlife Trust, he helped manage Marden Meadows, a SSSI in Kent. He is monitoring the hydrology, nutrient dynamics and botanical diversity of the site. Read more here.




Meadow Farm


Debbie Lewis


Debbie works for the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust where she heads up the ecology team. She is monitoring the floral community of a ‘ridge and furrow’ site dominated by vegetation communities MG4 and MG9, and the hydrological regime of the site. Read more about her study site here.



King's Sedgemoor and Tealham

Catherine Mowat


Catherine works for Natural England and is responsible for areas SSSI’s on the Somerset Levels. She is monitoring two fields in different areas on the Somerset levels and Moors by comparing their hydrology and botanical composition. Read more about her study site here.




Clattinger Farm


Ellie Jones


Ellie is the Northern Reserves Officer at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. She is monitoring the hydrology and botanical composition of Front Field; an MG4 floodplain meadow, to interpret changes in sward composition on field boundaries. Read more about her site here.



Avon Meadows


Ken Pomfret


Ken is working on the Avon Meadows Community Wetland which is a designated Local Nature Reserve. He is monitoring the hydrology, soil fertility and species diversity of the site. Read more about his study site here.
Dorset   Catherine Mowat Catherine's study site is in Somerset but she is covering Dorset also.
Leicestershire and Rutland Loughborough Big Meadow John Bristow  
London Roding Valley Meadow Emily Dresner  
East Sussex Spring Meadow Farm Jane Birch  
Devon   Ruth Testa Ruth originally started in Nottinghamshire and studied Eakring Meadow, but has since re-located to Devon, taking her skills with her.
​Hertfordshire Roydon Mead Sonja Kaupe


Wiltshire Upper Waterhay Meadow Dianne Matthews  
Devon Harbertonford

Nick Whatley



Ambassadors who are part way through their training (green areas on map):

County Study site Ambassador About


Chaceley Meadow

Alisa Swanson

Alisa works for Natural England and has been working in association with the Severn and Avon Vale floodplain for 15 years. She has undertaken the hydrological and botanical monitoring on Chaceley Meadow. Read more about her study site here.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight


Winnall Moors


Rachel Remnant


Rachel is Reserves Officer for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. They are trying to encourage the return of wading birds to Winnall Moors by rewetting some of the water meadows. Rachel is monitoring the flora of the meadows to see how they are affected by the rewetting. Read more about her study site here.



Long Meadow, Warwickshire


Simon Barker


Simon is an advisor on nature conservation for the National Trust and has undertaken botanical and hydrological monitoring on Long Meadow. The meadow is botanically rich, primarily MG4 grassland, grading into MG5 and MG6 in the drier margins, with MG8 grassland and some MG9 in the wetter areas. Read more about his study site here.



Allington Meadows


Margaret Trigg


Margaret works for Natural England and has been monitoring the ridge and furrow plant communities and hydrology on Allington Meadows SSSI. Read more about her study site here.

North Yorkshire


Bishopthorpe Ings


Anne Heathcote


Anne works for the Freshwater Habitats Trust and is monitoring a designated site along the River Ouse by means of vegetation surveys, soil samples and site hydrology using dipwells. Read more about her study site here.



Shapwick Heath NNR


Julie Merrett


Julie also works for Natural England and is reserves manager for Somerset National Nature Reserves. She is involved with monitoring the MG8 vegetation community on Shapwick Heath and its response to recent changes in hydrology.  Read more her study site here.

South Yorkshire


Fen Carr


Jim Horsfall


Jim works for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and has three small meadows north of Doncaster with MG4 grassland along with several other sites including a 250ha wetland to look after. Read more about his study site here.



Haseley Gathering Grounds Local Wildlife Site


Chris Talbot


Chris is the Biodiversity Manager for the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Habitat Biodiversity Audit (HBA) partnership. Together they survey and record the wildlife habitats of the Warwickshire sub-region. The site monitoring and recording is being used to gather information to understand how the management of the wet grassland can be used to help improve the water quality while at the same time benefitting the biodiversity of the site. Read more about his study site here.
London  Fray’s Farm Meadows  Tom Hayward 

Tom currently works as the Reserve Manager for London Wildlife Trust. His main interests are land management, with a particular speciesism on grassland ecology and conservation grazing. Fray's Farm Meadows SSSI is designated for its mosaic of wet grassland habitats and supports some of the last remaining areas of unimproved wet grassland in London. Hydrological monitoring and NVC surveys have been carried out at the site over the last two years.

Powys Crabtree Green Meadow Julian Jones  
Roscommon Drumlosh James Owens  
Shropshire The Wall Farm Ed Andrews  
Derbyshire  South Lees Meadow    
North and East Yorkshire Naburn Marsh David Hargreaves  
Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

Langley's Lane

West Sussex Walstead Forge Gareth Williams