Magnificent Meadows

Magnificent Meadows in the Stour Valley – Help Needed! 

Wildflower rich grassland is an important habitat that is disappearing fast. On the Suffolk Essex border in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley there are numerous grassland sites many of which have a local designation.

Throughout 2018 the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Project is working in partnership with Suffolk Biological Information Service (SBIS) and Essex Wildlife Trust to update the records at 30 of these grassland sites known as Suffolk County Wildlife Sites and Essex Local Wildlife Sites. Updating the existing records at these precious grassland sites is vital for their protection, as appropriate management recommendations can be given to the landowners to ensure they are managed to maximise floristic interest.

To achieve this, we would like to work with volunteers involved in local natural history /conservation groups. Volunteers will be asked to undertake surveys on at least 5 sites over the summer. To support volunteers there will be a wildflower identification training course on Saturday 5th May and help from local experts at some of the site surveys.

To celebrate the importance of wildflower rich grassland we are holding an event at Melford Green County Wildlife Site, on Saturday 7th July, which is National Meadows Day. We will be doing wildflower surveys and other activities to promote the importance of grassland as a habitat to the public.

By surveying the wildflower rich grassland, highlighting its importance and encouraging good management practises these grassland areas will increase in biodiversity and be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

If you would like to be involved, please contact:

Emma Black, Countryside Projects Officer, Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley E: emma.black@suffolk.gov.uk T: 01394 445225/07855 756785

John More, Local Wildlife Sites Officer, Essex Wildlife Trust T: 01621 862988/07776 204509  E: JohnM@essexwt.org.uk

Genevieve Broad, Biodiversity Officer, Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service, T: 01473 264308/078948 85337 E: gen.broad@suffolk.gov.uk

 

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