Can my land support a species-rich floodplain meadow? 100 years ago, most river floodplains were used as meadows, and with a little work, most can be converted to flower-rich meadows now. To find out if your land can support a species-rich meadow, you will need to know the soil type, its fertility and water regime. This is because the soil-water regime, topography, and fertility determine where different plant communities will grow. There are several different methods for creating and restoring meadows and the best approach will depend on the existing conditions at your site. So, before exploring the options further, it is essential to collect information through a site assessment. This will determine if a species-rich meadow is likely to be achievable on your land and may reveal issues that will need to be addressed before restoration or creation can take place. Once you have collected the information below, use our interactive tool to find out the best option for your land.