Fauna of North Meadow National Nature Reserve
North Meadow has a rich flora which in turn should support a rich fauna. However, the traditional management pattern of a summer hay cut followed by grazing – which keeps the sward short – is not conducive to a rich fauna. In fact, much of the meadow’s fauna is supported by the peripheral habitats of river, ditch and hedge with pollards. In winter the meadow does provide a refuge for birds, particularly when partially flooded, though disturbance by visitors is an increasing problem.
It cannot be said that the fauna of the meadow has been thoroughly studied; however, information is available for some animal groups, and these are outlined below.