It's Meadows Day this Saturday. Here's 10 Magnificent Ways to Explore Them
1. Make a scarecrow
Where: Worcester city centre meadows, Worcestershire
Join Duckworth Worcester Trust and Worcestershire Resource Exchange in Worcester’s own city centre meadows for scarecrow making and free family fun. We’ll provide the straw, hazel poles and scrap resources- you’ll just need to bring unwanted clothes to dress your scarecrow, which will be displayed in the Chapter Meadows hedge row for all to enjoy.
2. Count rare orchids
Where: Caeau Tan-y-Bwlch, Gwynedd, North Wales
Join Plantlife’s Dr Trevor Dines and the North Wales Wildlife Trust and experience the beautiful Caeau Tan-y-Bwlch reserve this National Meadows Day! Take part in the annual wild flower and greater butterfly orchid survey and help us check the health of the meadows. With thousands of flowers to count, every pair of eyes is needed! Wild Flower & Orchid Count, Wales.
3. Spot lots of butterflies (and moths too!)
Where: Rough Bank, Gloucestershire
Managed by Butterfly Conservation, Rough Bank is one of the few sites in the UK where it is possible to see six species of blue butterfly. Whilst we can't guarantee you'll see all six, resources will be on hand from Plantlife and Butterfly Conservation to help children and adults alike identify the many plants, butterflies and moths in the reserve and describe the work being undertaken to maintain the habitat for these species.
4. Get advice from the experts
Where: Brimpts Farm, Dartmoor, Devon
The first Meadow Makers’ Conference brings together all those who love wildflower meadows with top wildlife and meadow experts for an inspirational day of talks. Spend National Meadows Day by coming to find out from the experts about how to create and manage a meadow, whatever the scale, and find out what you can do for the wildlife that depends upon them – the bees, butterflies and birds. The event is taking place at Brimpts Farm which has a beautiful ancient hay meadow.
5. Bring your Teddy Bear
Where: Teddy Bears Picnic, Maidstone, Kent
If you go down to the meadow on National Meadows Day you will find music, arts, craft, bug hunts, face painting, wildflowers, bees and butterflies and much much more to help you celebrate National Meadows Day with us. Due to lack of parking space at the meadow itself, please meet at Maidstone Barracks train station where volunteers will lead you to the site.
6. Explore a meadow on a golf course...
Where: Pyecombe Golf Club, Pyecombe, West Sussex
Guests are invited to enjoy a guided walk through our wildflower filled meadows, we’ll stop off to complete a wildflower hunt and enjoy a butterfly count.
7. ...or in a quarry...
Where: RSPB Langford Lowfields, Collingham, Nottinghamshire
Come and visit RSPB Langford Lowfields for a guided walk through the developing wildflower-rich grasslands surrounding what will become the largest reedbed in the East Midlands. Looking out for vibrant wildflowers, colourful butterflies, wetland birds and other creatures as we explore this enormous quarry restoration project.
8. ...or on a farm...
Where: Bell Sykes Farm, Slaidburn, Lancashire
A chance to learn more about the plants and animals of the meadows, take a guided flower or bug walk, watch the rural craft demonstrations, learn about the traditional uses of meadow plants and brew your own meadow tea, watch the mowers and spend time in the amazing meadows with tea and cake!
9. ...or at a castle...
Where: Chirk Castle, Wrexham, North Wales
The National Trust are currently in the process of creating a new area of wildflower meadow in front of the magnificent medieval fortress of Chirk Castle. On National Meadows Day, to celebrate, they have organised a number of events so visitors can come along and learn about the work we’re doing and why it’s so important. Activities include learning about moths, a scything experience and wildflower ID.
10. ...or on a former industrial wasteland!
Where: Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland
In the middle of industrial Grangemouth, Jupiter is a fantastic example of how wasteland can be transformed into an urban green space that provides a rich habitat and haven for wildlife. Celebrate National Meadows day by learning about the importance of this rare habitat, wildflower identification and take part in their great grassland survey.
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