Conservation grazing, which is so important to the management of North Meadow, started on Monday this week. Twenty two cows and their calves, 44 animals in total were turned out onto North Meadow. A further 14 cows and calves will go onto the meadow this weekend. Continue reading “North Meadow Grazing Started On Monday 9th September”
North Meadow has been managed as Lammas land for hundreds of years, a hay crop is grown from 12th February until July and this is followed by aftermath grazing from Lammas Day 12th August to Candlemas Day on 12th February.
The grazing animals would normally drink from the River Thames and River Churn which surround North Meadow. By entering the rivers the animals introduce silt into the water, creating a water quality problem which damages fish spawning beds resulting in poor fish populations. Continue reading “Pasture Pumps”
The hay cut started early this year to help to reduce the nutrient levels on the meadow. Nutrient levels have been rising mainly caused by increased flooding in recent years and this reduces plant diversity. The hay cut would normally start in July. Continue reading “Hay Cut Started on Thursday 27th June”
North Meadow is yellow with Meadow buttercups this week. I visited to carry out the monthly transect for the Bumblebee Conservation bee walk project. Continue reading “Meadow Watch”