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

More Events of Interest…

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A reminder about Deborah’s butterfly identification course: And also thanks to Kate for passing this on …___________________ Thanks for reading, and remember I’m always happy to receive any suitable articles or photos to include as blog posts. Please send them to … Continue reading

Cwmdu Walk; National Meadows Day; Upcoming Events

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Last week a group of CMG members braved the hottest day of the year to walk a circular loop on public footpaths through several lovely meadows just outside the village of Cwmdu. One of the interesting aspects of the walk … Continue reading

Rapid Assessment Surveys For Meadows; More about Dormice in the County.

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Many thanks to Andrew, for this report on what sounds like a brilliant day’s course at Denmark farm last week: Rapid Assessment: a Survey Method for Monitoring Meadows This was a one-day course run by Plantlife at Denmark Farm, near … Continue reading