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Save Our Magnificant Meadows

Do you want to develop a specialism in floodplain meadows? We are offering a second chance to enjoy a fantastic subsidised training opportunity to develop floodplain meadow ambassadors; people who have more in-depth knowledge of the ecohydrology around how floodplain meadows function and can act as sources of advice on management and restoration to others in your area.

Our course is a 2 year vocational course enabling delegates to gather appropriate field data and provide an evidence base on which to make management decisions. It is an excellent opporuntity to develop your skills and CV, working with national experts in the science of ecohydrology to benefit floodplain meadows.

At the end of the course you will get a certificate confirming course attendance, a monitoring and management action plan for your site and enhanced skills in understanding the ecohydrology of floodplain meadows in the UK.

More detail about the course including application process, deadlines and cost.

A schedule of activities is available.

New Initiatives

Plantlife is leading on a partnership project called Save our Magnificent Meadows, made up of 11 organisations, and primarily funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Please take a look at the 3 national activities taking place this summer:

The National Meadows Award has been launched, this will focus on recognising the contribution farmers and other private land owners have made to meadow and grassland conservation. There will be an award available for each UK country, announced in September (closing date 31st July). Please see press release and information on how to apply at http://www.magnificentmeadows.org.uk/about/news/article/meadow-and-grasslands-awards

The National Meadows Photography Competition is now open until the end of August, the 3 categories are:

  • People enjoying & exploring meadows

  • Wildlife and flora of meadows

  • Age 14 and under

We will be using social media to engage the public in selecting the winning photographs which will be voted on in September. Please send round the attached poster or find info at:

http://www.magnificentmeadows.org.uk/celebrating-meadows/national-meadow-photography-competition

The first ever National Meadows Day will take place on Saturday 4th July. A programme of meadow and grassland related activities and events will take place on the day at sites across the UK. The intention is that National Meadows Day becomes an annual event taking place on the first Saturday of July every year. If you can host an event on National Meadows Day to celebrate meadows near you, please see the attached note and we would be happy to advertise it on the Save our Magnificent Meadows website for you, we also have a poster template which we can send to you. Further information about the day is found here.

Here are the events already taking place: http://www.magnificentmeadows.org.uk/visit-learn/whats-on/2015/07/04

For any further information please contact:
Fiona Perez
Save our Magnificent Meadows Project Officer
Direct Dial: 01722 342757
Email: Fiona.perez@plantlife.org.uk

BSBI (Botanical Society for the British Isles).

BSBI have a wealth of information about identifying and recording plants.

http://www.bsbi.org.uk/

Flora Locale

Flora locale is a registered charity that seeks to restore wild plants and wild-plant communities to lands and landscapes, and by this means raise the biodiversity, environmental quality and enjoyment of town and countryside. Flora Locale have a website with an on-line library of resources including for grassland restoration. Follow the link to explore this site: http://www.floralocale.org/content.asp?did=23899

Fritillary

Fritillary is the journal of the Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire with support from the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

www.fritillary.org.uk.

Haytime

A project based in the Yorkshire Dales and hosted by the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust focussing on meadow restoration, awareness raising and the provision of information.

http://www.ydmt.org/hay-time

Haytime North Penines

A project based in the North Penines AONB area, restoring and enhancing upland hay meadows through seed harvesting and spreading.

http://www.northpennines.org.uk/Pages/HayTime-NorthPennines.aspx

North Meadow, Cricklade

Follow these links to more information about North Meadow, Cricklade in Wiltshire.

http://www.crickladeinbloom.co.uk/

http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designatedareas/nnr/1006112.aspx

Restoration projects in the northern Upper Rhine, Germany

This project is looking at large scale restoration of floodplain meadows in the Upper Rhine catchment. To find out more, follow this link. http://www.stromtalwiesen.de