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Before sowing the meadow mix at the beginning of the project; the stale seedbed technique was employed to prepare the ground as recommended by Natural England (Natural England Technical Information Note TIN067, 2010).

By May 2013, two types of meadow mix seed had been sown; MG5 (Crested dog’s-tail – Common knapweed grassland community) in the drier area, and MG4 (Meadow foxtail – Great burnet grassland community) in the wetter area. Mowing regularly and appropriate management would in time, aim to reduce the enriched soil to support a diverse plant community rich in wildflowers and avoiding dominance of coarse grasses.

Lin Hawthorne recorded all her findings and plant surveys since 2013 on the excel spreadsheet opposite.

In addition to this we are also surveying the meadow plant community and transition zones between the copses and open meadow on an annual basis. Monitoring of the meadow plant community commenced in 2017; 25 fixed m2 quadrats were placed in the areas of open meadow and the presence of all plant species recorded. MSc student Keith McSweeney also did a NVC survey of the meadow areas. Both sets of data will be available to download shortly.