Course: Improving Meadows and Grasslands

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Dorchester, Dorset
26th June 2020 01300320684 Heather Radice

Cost: £70

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

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

At the very peak of the wildflower season come to Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve to savour our species-rich hay meadows and to learn all about restoring and recreating flower-rich grassland. During the day there will be a mix of indoor presentations covering theory and technique, and work in the field. You’ll head out into Dorset Wildlife Trust’s glorious wildflower 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 wildflower 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.

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