Magical meadows are this summer’s 'must-see'

Wednesday 4th June 2014

Kitchen Lane orchids, Ian TruemanMagical Meadows

97% of our wildflower meadows may have been lost, but these magnificent places are still present, even in urban areas, so The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is encouraging people to get out and see them in June when they’re at their best.

Next weekend (14th – 15th June) is Our Meadow Wildlife Weekend, part of a national initiative by The Wildlife Trusts, and four walks are planned on different, but very special wildflower meadows:

• The Wildlife Trust’s Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood nature reserve is mainly known for its wet woodland areas, but a lot of work has been done recently to create meadows in the clearings.
• Portway Hill, part of the Rowley Hills is another Wildlife Trust reserve where wildflowers provide an amazing habitat for butterflies, including rare species, such as the green hairstreak.
• Kitchen Lane Open Space in Wolverhampton is a beautiful meadow with plentiful orchids and other species that are rarely seen locally. It also demonstrates how the hay strewing technique pioneered by professor Trueman to create new meadows works, as this was his first success.
• Barr Beacon in Walsall has meadows on both the north side and memorial side, which provide a habitat for mammals and insects, attracting birds such as kestrels to hover over them.

See our What's On page for full details of the dates and start times.

As well as celebrating existing meadows, The Trust are looking for volunteers to help create new ones in projects they are delivering as lead partner in the Birmingham and the Black Country Nature Improvement Area (NIA) this summer. This pioneering urban scheme, which is one of 12 government pilots, is in its third year and has already made improvements to many sites locally.

NIA Programme Manager, Simon Atkinson of The Wildlife Trust says “Local people are really proud of the work we are doing to bring back wildflower meadows to this area. In a few years, there will be many more for people to explore and be amazed by the wonderful diversity of plant life that lives in them. I would encourage anyone to get out and see them at this time of year – they truly are a ‘must-see’ wonder of nature, which can thrive with a little help from local people.”

Contact The Wildlife Trust on 0121 454 1199 or info@bbcwildlife.org.uk to book a place on one of the walks or to volunteer to help with hay strewing to create new meadows this summer.
 

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