97% of traditional hay meadows in England have disappeared since the 1940s
We are a small, enthusiastic group of local smallholders living in the Stiperstones and Cordon Hill area of the Welsh Marches, who are interested in the the management and conservation of wildflower rich hay meadows. Please look at our website and feel free to contribute to our discussions, come to our events or even join the group
Our annual newsletter is now available !
This is the first newsletter for the group featuring articles about events and projects which have taken place over the last year. These include a description of our haymaking activities during 2018, last year's annual talk by Tim Selman as well as features on various projects that the Marches Meadow Group is actively involved with.
Paper copies will be available at our next annual talk but the best way to access the newsletter is via this link as a digital copy. We hope you enjoy it!
Moths and Meadows Meeting - Pennerley House (7th July)
Around 25 members gathered in ideal conditions to chat and walk leisurely through three meadow areas at different stages of development.
In the 1-acre meadow, established around 4 years ago, a couple of Common Spotted Orchids were found by Steve; the first year they’ve been observed in this field. Some large patches of Ox-eye Daisy were in full flower; the seed collected from another of the meadow areas last year. Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Common Blue butterflies were actively flying and later in the day a worn Forester moth was observed laying eggs on Sorrel.
On display in the other meadow areas were over 30 Common spotted orchids. Greater Butterfly orchids which made their first appearance last year have trebled in number this year to 15 plants.
After tea, biscuits, more chatting and two delightful homemade cakes made by Alyson and Janet the Robinson moth trap, with the special mercury vapour light was opened to reveal the cryptic Buff-tip moth, a large and active Poplar Hawk moth and a myriad of smaller moths with gold and silver markings. Examples of the moths specifically associated with wild meadow flowers such as Yellow Rattle and Common Knapweed were displayed. Towards the end of the meeting a pheromone for the Six-spotted Burnet moth was deployed with a male arriving in quite an agitated state. Perhaps not what he expected!
Our next event for Marches Meadow Group members is the Scything Week run by Simon Cooter of Natural England followed in October by an indoor meeting - "Meadow Owners Question Time". It isn't necessary to have a large meadow to attend! Questions about making a very small meadow area on a lawn will be most welcome. If you are not yet a member complete the application form and send it to Siobhan Reedy well before our keynote event in November.
Wood Tiger Moth
Our new Events Programme for 2019 is now available. Click here for your online copy!
or click here for an application form
MMG acknowledges the HLF funding and support provided by the Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country LPS.