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The partnership produces a newsletter twice a year. If you would like to include an article in the next newsletter, please get in touch, we would love to write about your projects.

The latest newsletter can be found by following this link:

Newsletter issue 16 Summer 2016

 

Newsletter issue 15 Winter 2015-2016

 

Previous issues of the newsletter can be found below:

Newsletter issue 1 - June 2008 [pdf] 

  • Introducing the Floodplain meadows partnership team
  • Case study- restoration of Floodplain hay Meadow on Derwent Ings, Yorkshire
  • Case study- Besthorpe and Eakring Meadows SSSI, Nottinghamshire
  • Meadow restoration and promotion on the Yorkshire Ouse
  • Phosphorus deposition in 2007 floods

Newsletter issue 2 - December 2008 [pdf] 

  • Impact of July 2007 flood at Cricklade
  • Monitoring fritillaries on Cricklade
  • The non-chemical control of Marsh Ragwort

Newsletter issue 3 - July 2009 [pdf]

  • Summary of 2009 survey season
  • Restoration projects from around the country-
    • A restoration project on former arable land using seed from Emorsgate
    • A restoration project from arable using green hay from an adjacent NNR (Chimney meadows)
    • A restoration project on a low diversity existing sward using a brush harvester to spread seed from nearby meadows (Orton, Cumbria)
    • Restoration of species-rich floodplain meadows from semi-improved grassland Upper Ray Meadows (Buckinghamshire)
  • Modelling the soil-water regime for restoration (Aggregates Levy Sustainability fund)

Newsletter issue 4 - January 2010 [pdf]

  • Soil compaction- using a low ground pressure tractor
  • Vale Landscape Heritage Trust- a local project with a specific aim to preserve key floodplain meadows in the Vale of Evesham
  • Earthworm study in the Severn Vale
  • Plant grid and meadows map launch!

Newsletter issue 5 - July 2010

  • Summary of 2010 survey season
  • Conference and events summary 2010 (workshop, fritillary counting, North meadow and Oxford University Farms Open Day)
  • Mottey Meadows hay making festival
  • Article on identifying pond sedges- Carex acutiformis, acuta and riparia

Newsletter issue 6 - January 2011

  • The History of a Floodplain Meadow: Bridget Smith (Hemingford Grey Meadow, Cambridgeshire)
  • Oxford Meads: A long term study by Alison McDonald
  • Wombwell Ings: A study by John Rodwell
  • Article on ‘when to cut a meadow’

Newsletter issue 7 - Summer 2011

  • The hay cycle
  • Summary of 2011 survey season and events
  • Non-chemical control of Marsh Ragwort revisited
  • Urban Meadows: a management challenge- dogs, motorbikes, litter, bonfires, compaction, fence damage

Newsletter issue 8 - Winter 2011/12

  • The Flight of the Fritillary- expansion of seedlings following a summer flood
  • ‘The Splodge Plots’: what are they, how they derived and what relevance are they to me?
  • Chimney Meadows- The Importance of Making Hay While the Sun Shines!

Newsletter issue 9 - Summer 2012

  • Summer floods of 2012, and the wet weather: management data from North Meadow, Cricklade. Big Sedges, What should we do?
  • Flight of the Fritillary- increasing the number of survey sites
  • The tale of the flower meadow in a box and the wooden bumblebees

Newsletter issue 10 - Winter 2012/13 (References relating to Ecosystem Services article)

  • The Ecosystem Services of species rich floodplain meadows: what are they and can we quantify them?
  • Preserving historic water meadows

Newsletter issue 11 - Winter 2013/14

  • Summary of survey season 2013, after wet a 2012!
  • Jim McGinley: Policy and Practise in the Assessment and Management of Floodplain Meadows in England
  • Sonia Newman: Control of invasive sedges in floodplain meadows; some answers?
  • Calthion in the UK
  • Fritillary decline

Newsletter issue 12 - Summer 2014

  • Russian Floodplain Meadows; Kaluga Region
  • An Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland
  • Coronation Meadows: Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland

Newsletter issue 13 - Winter 2014-15

  • Floodplain Meadows Ambassadors; funding secured for 24 floodplain meadow ambassadors
  • Research on the Somerset Levels and Northern France
  • Flight of the Fritillary news
  • Floodplain Meadows and pollinating insects

Extended article Somerset levels and Moors WoW project

Newsletter issue 14 - Summer 2015

  • 2015 survey season summary
  • Technical handbook launch coming soon
  • Calthion workshop review
  • Russian update

Newsletter issue 15 - Winter 2015-16

  • Four Seasons of Flood- is the time of year important for impact on floodplain meadows?
  • Floodplain Meadows Partnership Ambassador- Sam Thomas (Kent Wildlife Trust)
  • Know your bents!