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Improving Meadows and Grasslands

Thur 30 Jun 2016

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Find out how to create a bountiful wild flower meadow or restore your species-rich grassland using local seed and low-impact techniques.

At the very peak of the wild flower season, come to Kingcombe to savour our species-rich hay meadows and learn all about restoring and recreating flower-rich grassland.  During the day there will be a mix of indoor presentations covering theory and technique together with field visits, including Dorset Wildlife Trust’s glorious wild flower meadows on Kingcombe Meadows (a short stroll from the Centre), to look at characteristic species like Common Knapweed, Yellow Rattle and local favourite corky-fruited water dropwort, and to talk about harvesting seed.  There will also be an opportunity to visit a nearby site recently restored using Kingcombe seed, to look at practicalities, problems, solutions and celebrations!  Key areas that will be covered:

  • Theories of grassland restoration and beneficiaries in the natural world
  • Identifying grassland types and the feasibility of wild flower meadow restoration or re-creation on your patch
  • Using green hay for meadow restoration
  • Other seeding techniques including self-grown wild flower plugs
  • After care and ongoing management of flower-rich habitats.

Come along bearing questions, experiences and enthusiasm to expand the area of pollen and nectar-rich habitat in our wider countryside.  There will be a fair amount of walking over relatively rough terrain during the day. Please be prepared for this and for some standing as you listen to discussion points.

About the Leader:

Nick Gray is Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officer in West Dorset.  He lives and breathes wild flower meadow restoration and never misses an opportunity to mention Yellow Rattle.  Having started his conservation career on Flat Holm Island in the Bristol Channel, he has worked on grassland projects, bird surveys and land management advice for over 20 years including spells on Purbeck, the Pennines, the Mendip Hills and Western Ireland.  He has a Masters degree in Rural Resource Management and a keen interest in plant folklore.


£63 pp  -  includes all tuition, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


Arrive from 9.45 am for morning tea.  The course will start at 10.00am and finish at 4.00pm.

What to bring: 

Please bring suitable clothing for being outside and good walking shoes, notepad and pen.

Combine this course with Grasses and Sedges Identification (Mon 27 – Wed 29 June) by adding a Bed and Breakfast.   

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