Insect Biomass Decline – Follow Up; Provisional Programme for 2018.

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Thanks very much for this detailed follow up by Andrew to the short piece I featured in a previous post on a German study hinting at significant declines in insect biomass over a 25 year period. Everyone (well, anyone who … Continue reading

Pine Marten Meeting; Marsh Fritillary Grassland Management; Grassland Fungi Field Guide Book Launch

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Many thanks to Andrew for supplying details of this upcoming meeting which may be of interest to members… WILDLIFE TRUST SOUTH & WEST WALES YMDDIRIEDOLAETH NATUR DE A GORLLEWIN CYMRU  East Carmarthenshire Group   ANNUAL PUBLIC LECTURE   “POISED ON … Continue reading

Hedge recovery; Badgers and Chafer Grubs; Flying Insect Decline.

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Many thanks to Andrew for this update on some of his hedge laying, at Ffos y Broga: Last autumn we decided to put the treeline on the S side of our middle field back to a hedge.  It had clearly … Continue reading

Devil’s Fingers/Octopus Stinkhorn and Fairy Fingers. Local food Hub.

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Very many thanks to Lynne for sending me this piece recently on an amazing (first in Wales) find she made in one of her meadows near Abergorlech. Do look at the time lapse video captured by “Steve’s Nature and Travel” … Continue reading

Scything Course Report

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Very many thanks for this report and the photos supplied by Andrew, of the recently held manual scything course, which a number of CMG members attended… Having once used an old English pattern scythe many years ago, and decided it … Continue reading

Pasture For Life; Waxcaps; Autumnal Meeting at Mydffai – Details and Poster.

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Thanks to Isabel for alerting me to the Pasture for Life initiative. This might be of interest to anyone who produces and sells livestock which are fed entirely from pasture before slaughter, or indeed anyone who wishes to source lamb … Continue reading

Ageing a Meadow; Hay Samples; Manual Scything Course

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I recall a fellow meadow owner once telling me about a technique for ageing a meadow by counting buttercups. At last this week I managed to track down the research, originally carried out in 2009 by John Warren at Aberystwyth … Continue reading

Reports of Recent Events

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Many thanks to Andrew Martin, the CMG chaiman, for the following report on several events he’s been to recently… July 1st was National Meadows Day.  A laudable idea, but one that inevitably requires decisions on which of the events being … Continue reading