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Willen Lake

Meadow description

This is a small area of park grassland that over the last few years the The Parks Trust have been managing with a July hay cut. This has been in an attempt to improve the diversity of the field, but we don't think any other specific restoration techniques have been used.

In 2018 it was a relatively species-rich meadow, with good cover of legumes including three vetch species and lesser hop trefoil in places. 12 grasses were found at the site, with meadow foxtai, perennial rye grass and crested dogs tail being the dominant three.

The meadow has good potential to be restored to a more species rich MG4 type grassland, but implementing a double hay cut (June and September) to reduce nutrients would help this to happen. 

* Conservation designations are as follows:
SSSI: Site of Special Scientific Interest
NNR: National Nature Reserve
SAC: Special Area of Conservation
RAM: Ramsar Site
SPA: Special Protection Area
WT: Local Wildlife Trust Reserve
NT: National Trust Reserve
VCO: Other Voluntary Conservation Organisation Reserve
CL: Registered Common Land
NS: Non-statutory site

Meadow location

OS Grid RefSP8773641126

Meadow data

Meadow ownerThe Parks Trust Milton Keynes
Catchment areaunknown
Size (hectares)0.46
Conservation designation*unassigned

Information held in the meadows database

Hydrological monitoringyes
Hydrological modellingno