Thoughts from the meadows – clearing small meadows yourself.

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Thank you Ivy for sharing these thoughts. This message from Ivy Denham is both practical and uplifting: The floral diversity of old fashioned hay meadows are preserved and enhanced by annual hay cuts – where the seasons growth is cut … Continue reading

Event – Ffridd: Managing a mosaic of upland fringe habitats. Thursday 13 October 10:00-14:00 Cwm Berach Uchaf, Ammanford

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Pont and Plantlife working together bring you this event on 13 October. You will visit ffridd, a habitat found on the boundary between the enclosed lowland and open uplands and often includes a mixture of habitats including grassland, heathland, mire, … Continue reading

Links to posts on the National Botanic Garden of Wales site:

There are some very interesting grassland-related posts on the NBGW blog section.  For example, this one appeared recently and describes both seed harvesting and the use of green hay from the Waun Las reserve’s amazing meadows:https://botanicgarden.wales/2022/08/sowing-seeds-for-the-future/

This one describes how NBGW are assissting Carmarthenshire Couty Council with some meadow regeneration: https://botanicgarden.wales/2022/06/magical-meadows/

This is a very good article on Mycorrhizal fungi in a wildflower meadow, by a visitng PhD student from Cambridge university: https://botanicgarden.wales/2022/08/mycorrhizal-fungi-in-a-wildflower-meadow/

And finally, and related to the above, here is a podcast by Bruce Langridge of NBGW,  where he meets Emma Williams, who will be giving us a talk at the Autumn Meeting at Myddfai on 29th October:https://open.spotify.com/episode/1bj1R0HyazARWpbL8fdco1

Events to attend – more for your diaries

This is a program of events for the E Carms group of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, which may be of interest to CMG members:

The Wednesday indoor events will take place at the Vestry in the Capel Newydd independent Chapel in Llandeilo at 7.30pm.

Sat Oct 1st – To mark the annual focus on the science and conservation of wild mushrooms, the National Botanic Garden of Wales will be running two guided walks led by two of Wales’ most exciting young mycologists, Emma Williams and Hywel Evans at 11.00 and 1.30pm which we are invited to join in.  Unfortunately if you are not Garden members there is an entry fee.

Wed Nov 9th – A talk by Andrew Martin on Meadows, their history and decline and how the meadows groups help with their regeneration 

Wed Dec 7th  – Vaughn Matthews will talk about the Marsh Fritillary reintroduction.

Wed Jan 11th –  A talk about the Curlew recovery project in the Brecon Beacons National park by Nicky Davies
 
Wed Feb 8th – Rob Parry Jones will talk about the landscape nature conservation work in the Amman Valley.
 
Wed Mar 8th – Denise Plume will talk about ‘The Carmarthenshire Bat Project – The Story So Far! ‘
 
Sat Apr 12th at 2pm  – At the AGM Peter Hatherley will give three short talks showing how folklore is shaped by the natural environment.  Each talk in some way represents our relationship to the natural world.
 
Sat Apr 22nd  – Early Purple Orchid count and Wildflower survey. A walk led by Colin Miles meeting at the Harlech Barn, Llandeilo, SA19 6SD at 2pm
 
Sat May 13th  – Walk in Nicky Matcher’s wood at 2pm. Further details to follow.

Mycorrhizal fungi in a wildflower meadow – link to fascinating article

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There is a fascinating article by Bruce Langridge in the Blog section on the National Botanic Garden of Wales website: https://botanicgarden.wales/2022/08/mycorrhizal-fungi-in-a-wildflower-meadow/ with insights from Raphaella Hull (a visiting PhD student from Cambridge University) into the part fungi play in meadows … Continue reading