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:
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)
The handbook is now availbale to download here
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.
If you would like to find out more about the UK Grassland Forum, or join the mailing list, please let us know.