2020 Courses

Find out about North Meadow National Nature Reserve

Heritage FundCricklade Court Leet is running  3 courses in 2020 as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for North Meadow. The aim of these courses is to raise awareness of the rich biodiversity of North Meadow. We hope by promoting greater understanding of this rare habitat more people will wish to become involved in its conservation.

Moths and Butterflies Course. Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 2020 (Two-day non-residential)

Scarlet tiger moth
Scarlet tiger moth

Butterfly and Moth expert David Brown will lead this two-day course based in Cricklade with field trips to a range of diverse habitats, lowland hay meadow at North Meadow NNRthe woodland and chalk grasslands at Daneway Banks NR and Edge common NNR in the Cotswolds.  

Suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about moths and butterflies, for both beginners and those with previous experience. 

You will be given an introduction to the differences between butterflies and moths, helpful identification hints for the commoner species. Advice on ways of observing and recording lepidoptera. 

Location: Thames Hall Cricklade with site visits to 3 Nature reserves

Cost: £50

If we need to cancel the course for whatever reason we will refund your course fee.

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Lowland Hay Meadow Plant Identification Course. Friday 12th June 2020

North Meadow Cricklade
North Meadow Cricklade

Find out more about the beautiful plants that grow on North Meadow. This course is suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about lowland hay meadows and develop their plant identification skills.

Tutored by David Gowing who has carried out research on North Meadow for 25 years. David is the Professor of Botany at the Open University has been monitoring the vegetation at North Meadow, Cricklade for over 25 years. He currently directs the Floodplain Meadows Partnership, which strives to conserve similar sites across the country.  

Location: Thames Hall Cricklade and North Meadow NNR

Cost: £25

If we need to cancel the course for whatever reason we will refund your course fee.

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Practical Scything and Meadow Management Course. Saturday 27th June

Scything on North Meadow
Scything on North Meadow

A unique opportunity to learn to scythe on one of the UK’s best lowland hay meadows. 

Suitable for those wishing to keep their garden or wildflower area in check through to those managing a larger area of meadow for conservation. 

Learn how to use, sharpen and maintain a scythe.  Find out about timing the hay cut and making hay.  There will be plenty of mowing practice to develop your technique under instruction. 

Tutored by Richard Brown, Chairman of the Scything Association of Britain and Ireland. 

Location: North Meadow NNR, Cricklade, Wiltshire 

Cost: £60

If we need to cancel the course for whatever reason we will refund your course fee.

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