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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.

Hertfordshire

 

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.

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. Read more here.

 

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

 

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.

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.
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

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. 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.

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.

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.

Somerset

 

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.

Warwickshire

 

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.
North and East Yorkshire Naburn Marsh David Hargreaves  
Powys Crabtree Green Meadow Julian Jones  
Roscommon Drumlosh James Owens  
Shropshire The Wall Farm Ed Andrews  
Derbyshire  South Lees Meadow Audra Hurst  
London Fray’s Farm Meadows Tom Hayward  
Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

Langley's Lane

Rebecca Tibbetts  
West Sussex Walstead Forge Gareth Williams