Wildflowers
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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 from 2013 to 2016 on the excel spreadsheet opposite.

 

Katherine Wotherspoon, our research coordinator has been surveying the meadow plant community and transition zones between the copses and open meadow. 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.  Monitoring of the transition zones using fixed transects commenced in 2018.  Kat's data is available as a pdf opposite alongside the site species list conducted by Mark Duffell in 2018 (Arvensis Ecology), recorded species included trees at the site is currently 116. MSc student Keith McSweeney also did a NVC survey as part of his MSc dissertation project in 2017.