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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.
Devon Harbertonford Nick Whatley  
Devon   Ruth Testa Ruth originally started in Nottinghamshire and studied Eakring Meadow, but has since re-located to Devon, taking her skills with her.
Dorset   Catherine Mowat Catherine's study site is in Somerset but she is covering Dorset also.
East Sussex Spring Meadow Farm Jane Birch  
Glamorgan Station Lane Meadow Caroline O’Rourke  
Hertfordshire Roydon Mead Sonja Kaupe  
Hertfordshire Purwell Meadow Dominic Coath  
Kent 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
Leicestershire and Rutland Loughborough Big Meadow John Bristow  
London Roding Valley Meadow Emily Dresner  
Oxfordshire 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.
Somerset  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.
​Wiltshire Clattinger Farm Ellie Jones  
Wiltshire Upper Waterhay Meadow Dianne Matthews  
Worcestershire 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.


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

County Study site Ambassador About

Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

Langley's Lane

Rebecca Tibbetts


South Lees Meadow

Audra Hurst

Gloucestershire 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.
Herefordshire 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, a botanically rich primarily MG4 grassland, with M23 rush pasture in the wettest areas. Read more about his study site here.
Lincolnshire 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.
London Fray’s Farm Meadows Tom Hayward  
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.
North and East Yorkshire Naburn Marsh David Hargreaves  
Powys Crabtree Green Meadow Julian Jones  
Roscommon Drumlosh James Owens  
Shropshire The Wall Farm Ed Andrews  
Somerset Shapwick Heath NNR Julie Merrett Julie also works for Natural England and is reserves warden 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.
Warwickshire The Lench Meadows 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.
West Sussex Walstead Forge Gareth Williams