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

Dormice and Harvest Mice in Carmarthenshire? Recent Meadow Sightings.

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Many thanks to CMG member Lynne Sharpe for the following piece, and for my near neighbour, smallholder and amazing photographer Dave Bevan for very kindly supplying some of his fabulous photos of small mammals to illustrate this post. Despite a … Continue reading

CMG Visit to the Waun Las reserve at the NBGW

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The first meadow visit of the year last Saturday was a huge success and enjoyed by the group of CMG members who were guided around some of the meadows at the National Botanic Gardens by Bruce, Richard and Rebecca. The … Continue reading

Butterfly Identification Course; Yellow Rattle Interactions with Meadow Plants

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Many thanks to Dr. Deborah Sazer for organising the following event : The Butterflies of Carmarthenshire Learn how to identify butterflies and their food plants, and how to manage their habitats. Indoor morning presentation, and afternoon butterfly walk with Dr … Continue reading

Upcoming Events

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There are a lot more events readers might be interested in attending, coming up in the next few weeks, and a reminder too of the fast approaching walk for CMG members at the meadows of the National Botanic Gardens on Saturday … Continue reading

Rush Control – Weed Wiper Hire Scheme; Sycamore Seedlings and Toxicity to Horses; Bumblebee Events.

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Very many thanks to Andrew who sent in the following piece on  a very useful scheme, potentially available to many meadow owners, who currently have soft rush infestations on their land… Everyone who was at the Pumsaint meeting on the … Continue reading