Very many thanks to Rachel Barber for this information, and her photos, of the meadows at Eithinduon.
Meadow Location and Owners:
Eithinduon, (Black Gorse), Llangynin, Carmarthenshire – Rachel Barber and Tony Ashcroft
1: How would you describe your meadow, e.g. stand alone, part of a smallholding, part of a farm, managed lawn?
2: How would you best describe your management of the meadow, and what are your priorities for the meadow e.g. commercial farm, hobby farmer/smallholder, purely managing the meadow on its own for its wildflowers/biodiversity?
3: Roughly how big are the meadows?
1.5, 2.6, 3.6, 5 acres
4: Roughly how high above sea level?
5: How long have you been managing the meadow for wild flowers?
This is our second year
6: Do you know when the meadow was last ploughed/reseeded?
7: Do you know when the meadow last received fertiliser or farm yard manure?
8: What do the field boundaries consist of, e.g. laid/regularly flailed hedges, banks with no hedges, fence only, mature hedges, mature trees?
9: Is the meadow ever grazed by stock, and if so by what, and roughly when?
…(Early Purple Orchids)…
10: Is the meadow regularly cut, or burned and if so, when? And is the material removed and used as hay or bedding, or left on the field?
11: Has the meadow ever received any herbicide treatment, and if so, what, and when?
Not to our knowledge.
12: Have you ever imported or scattered any flower seed or hay from other sources in the meadow?
13: Is the meadow flat, or sloping, and is it hillside/valley bottom?
14: Do you know roughly what the soil ph is?
15: Have you ever had a botanical survey carried on the meadow, and if not would you be interested in having this done?
…(Pignut, setting seed)…
16: Would you be happy for your meadow, and the above data to feature in the Gallery section of the CMG website?
17: Would you be interested in help from a contractor in managing any aspect of meadow maintenance, and if so what help would be useful to you?
Added to the gallery 08/2016.
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