Magnificent Meadows

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Magnificent Meadows

Magnificent Meadows

97% of the wildflower meadows we had in the 1930s have disappeared - which is a big problem for our insect populations! 

Our wildflower meadows provide a wild haven for hundreds of different species and play a critical role in our approach to helping nature’s recovery.

We have worked with partners to create over 100 new meadows in parks, informal greenspaces and nature reserves across Birmingham and the Black Country. Over the years, there have been surveys on plants and insects on these sites but we have not yet looked into what these meadows mean to the people that see them.

Take a look at some of the meadows we’ve created on this interactive map.

Perceptions of created hay meadows within the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area

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We are working with the University of Wolverhampton to find out more about what people think of these meadows, who visits them and how they are used, to help plan for the creation of meadows in the future.

If you visit any of the sites on the above map please help by completing this survey*

If you are a member of a Friends group or Community group associated with a created meadow, please follow this link.

*This project contributes to University of Wolverhampton’s role in conducting research, and teaching research methods. You are under no obligation to follow the link to the questionnaire, however if you choose to, participation in this research is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time.

Meadow Monitoring

We need your help to see how well these magnificent meadows are doing, and are particularly interested in the key species below.

See an interactive map of some of the meadows we have created

Green Winged Orchid

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Common Spotted Orchid

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WildNet - Philip Precey

Yellow Rattle

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PC Mentor Tel: 01526 343573 - Les Binns

Common Knapweed

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WildNet - Philip Precey

How to submit your records

So that your sighting can be properly recorded there are just four things we need to know:

1) WHAT was seen - the species name

2) WHERE it was seen – the name of the site, where on the site or postcode if your own garden. Ordnance Survey grid references are also really useful.

3) WHEN it was seen: the date the record was made, ideally in dd/mm/yyyy format, but less precise dates are also fine e.g. November 2017, Summer 2015 etc.

4) WHO saw it - The name of the person or people who saw it

Simply tweet your spot to @EcoRecording or email

Photos are also welcome!

Find out more about EcoRecord and monitoring here

Print out our Wildflower Meadow Spotting Guide to take with you!