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!
Monday 10th June 2019
MEADOWS AND GRASSLAND EVENT - STAPLEY
by David Poynton
On a sunny morning around a dozen of us gathered by the White Grit Tin Church on our way to explore a number of meadows under the guidance of botanist Rob Rowe.
Pushing through the gate at the first field, the vegetation looked lush and a bit ordinary, but a few paces in we were surrounded by a sea of Heath Spotted-orchids in full bloom. The meadow gently sloped to a hedge, where on the dryer hummocks the yellow flowers of Dyer's Greenweed were framed by the rich green shoots of the plant. There were good patches throughout the field. Other species found were Bitter vetch, a few plants of Marsh Valerian, Buggle and Lousewort.
Sandwiches sitting in the Hay meadow, warmed by the sun was a fitting end to this part of the visit.
After walking up a stone track rising to about 1,300 feet we recorded species in a large field for about 1 hour, noting over 60 species of plants and grasses including a smattering of orchids. Orange tip butterflies, Small skipper butterflies and Green-veined whites were flying.
Returning to the cars around 2.30pm, just as the heavens opened was the start of non-stop rain for four days with Pennerley, across the valley to the east registering 154mm of rain over 4 days – the highest in Britain this week – according to the BBC news!
Our next event is “Moths and Meadows” at Pennerley House on 7th July. Dry conditions forecast!
Heath Spotted Orchid
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.