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FMP 2017 Conference: Floodplain Meadows for the Future.

Hosted at The National Railway Museum, York, 9th and 10th May 2017. 

This conference is now open for registration.

This will be an excellent opportunity to network with others involved in floodplain meadow management and restoration, and find out the latest thinking from researchers and policy advisors. Some of our FMP Ambassadors will be on hand to talk to, and we will visit two different river systems to look at floodplain meadows and the issues faced there by managers and owners. Hosted in the National Railway Museum, there will also be an opportunity to view some of the engines and enjoy a locally produced conference dinner in the museum's 'great hall'. The draft programme, along with details on fees, registration, accommodation and the proposed site visits, can be found here: 

http://www.floodplainmeadows.org.uk/sites/www.floodplainmeadows.org.uk/files/Conference%202017%20short%20programme.pdf

Numbers are limited by the conference venue size and there is an early bird discount, so book now. We are very much looking forward to seeing you there.

(photo credit Mike Dodd: Clifton Ings, after dinner speaker conference 2014, Clattinger)

 

Fritillary events 2017

In 2012 we expanded our snakeshead fritillary counting exercise to two new sites (Lugg Meadows in Herefordshire, and Clattinger Farm, in Wiltshire). As it is likely that bumblebees are the main snakeshead fritillary pollinator and as they are declining in the wider countryside, we have teamed up with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to try and establish bumblebee surveys on all three sites.

 

Snakeshead fritillary annual volunteer counts will take place in 2017 on the following dates:

Saturday 22nd April 2017, Lugg Meadows, Herefordshire

Sunday 23rd April 2017 Clattinger Farm, Wiltshire

Tuesday 25th April 2017 North Meadow Cricklade, Wiltshire

If you would like to take part in any of these activities (all are welcome) please contact us Floodplain-Meadows-Project@open.ac.uk

We cannot collect such an extensive amount of data without you, so please do get in touch and join in. We also need more volunteers to help with the bumblebee surveys. Training will be given and no previous experience is necessary. This is a lovely opportunity to come and sit in a fabulous meadow counting flowers and contributing to real scientific data collection. Send us an email (Floodplain-Meadows-Project@open.ac.uk) if you are interested and we will provide further details.

Here is a copy of the presentation from the workshop in February2016.

 

Events 2016

Floodplain Meadows Partnership Technical Handbook launch: Thursday 21st April

The handbook is now availbale to download here

UK Grasslands Forum 2016

This year, we helped to host the UK Grasslands Forum, along with FAI Farms and Dr Alison McDonald. The Grasslands Forum meets roughly annually with a 2 day workshop every 18 months or so and a day meeting in between times. It is a forum of individuals interested in UK Grasslands and largely took over where the Lowland grasslands Habitat Action Plan finished. The 2016 meeting was held at Wytham, the Oxford University Field Station and focussed on grassland restoration. Delegates were taken around Pixey and Yarnton Meads, both SSSI’s and SACs designated for their lowland meadow plant communities. These meadows are managed by FAI Farms. Other visits were held to several floodplain meadow restoration fields, also being undertaken by FAI Farms.

There were a selection of talks each day, with a focus on grassland restoration, and these are available to view below.

A tale of two cities - Richard Scott, Landlife

Anthills in grassland restoration - Tim King

Beauty and Utility - restoration of floodplain meadows - Emma Rothero

Recreating MG4 at Somerford Mead - Alison McDonald

Red List of European Habitats and Restorability - John Rodwell UKGF 2016 Oxford

Restoration of species-rich grassland in agri-environment schemes 1987-2016 - Steve Peel

The fate of semi-natural grassland in England - Lucy Ridding

Three Hagges Wood meadow An ecosystem creation project - Linden Hawthorne

Eyes on the prize: will our grassland restoration targets deliver the desired environmental benefits? Clare Pinches

 

If you would like to find out more about the UK Grassland Forum, or join the mailing list, please let us know.