Useful Links

 

Useful links for contacts and further information, both local and national : 

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Botanical Society of the British Isles – http://www.bsbi.org.uk/

Buglife – https://www.buglife.org.uk/

Bumble Bee Conservation Trust – http://bumblebeeconservation.org/

Butterfly Conservation – http://butterfly-conservation.org/

Carmarthenshire Beekeepers Association – http://www.carmarthenshirebeekeepers.org.uk/

Carmarthenshire Fungi – http://www.carmarthenshirefungi.co.uk/

Carmarthenshire Moth and Butterfly Group – http://www.carmarthenshiremoths.co.uk/

CCC biodiversity pages – http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/english/environment/biodiversity/pages/biodiversity_new.aspx

Cynefin Project – to digitise the tithe maps of Wales, including Welsh field names  http://cynefin.archiveswales.org.uk/en/

Denmark Farm – http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/

Dyfed Smallholders Association – http://www.dyfedsmallholders.org.uk/

Flora Locale – http://www.floralocale.org/HomePage

Monmouthshire Meadows Group – http://www.monmouthshiremeadows.org.uk/

National Botanic Garden of Wales – http://www.gardenofwales.org.uk/

Plantlife – http://www.plantlife.org.uk/

Pollinator habitat management  –  http://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/news/new-practical-guide-habitat-creation-and-management-pollinators

PONT Cymru – http://www.pontcymru.org/en

South West Wales Goat Club – http://www.southwestwalesgoatclub.co.uk/

Welsh Meadows – http://www.plantlife.org.uk/publications/welshmeadows

West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre – http://www.wwbic.org.uk/

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales – http://www.welshwildlife.org/

Wild About Plants – the magnificent meadows project – http://www.wildaboutplants.org.uk/england/projects/magnificent-meadows/

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 Links – Tools/Machinery

HAND TOOLS

Scything – Austrian scythes seem to be generally recommended as lighter and easier to use

http://scytheassociation.org/ or http://www.austrianscythes.co.uk/

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Tools for Self Reliance. Refurbish tools and send them to Africa but many UK tools are not required so they are refurbished for sale. Crickhowell shop only – not online .
http://www.tfsrcymru.org.uk/

 

Traditional wooden hayrakes ( light and strong in various sizes to suit ): http://www.thenaturalgardener.co.uk/handmade_wooden_hay_rake.php

 

MOTORISED GRASS CUTTERS/POWER SCYTHES

MowDirect

http://www.mowdirect.co.uk/acatalog/MowDIRECT_SICKLE_BAR___SCYTHE_MOWERS_731.html

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Tracmaster Ltd (new kit) – good video demonstration.

http://www.tracmaster.co.uk/

 USEFUL PUBLICATIONS

Monmouthshire Grassland Leaflet – helpful information you can access by following this link:  http://www.monmouthshiremeadows.org.uk/?p=1720

 Meadows by George Peterken – Published in 2013, this is perhaps the starting point for anyone wanting to know more about the history, culture and management of meadows. Both in the UK and around the world. The author is one of the UK’s most respected ecologists, and has for many years managed a number of small meadows in the Wye Valley, so writes with the authority of practical experience. A weighty tome, but an invaluable reference.bwp_28_cover

 

CONTRACTORS

Conservation & Trees – Land management to enhance biodiversity – Consultants and practical management   http://www.conservationandtrees.co.uk/ ConservationandTrees@gmail.com

Please contact:

01558 685 811 Ivy 07912 789 003  or  Carl 07803 000 957

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RC Matts & Son – Chris Matts

Meadow Creation & Management, Hay Cutting, Hedge laying

Please contact:

01639 750114; 07913882086; crsmatts@hotmail.co.uk (Crynant, Neath)

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Mat Sutton – Wyndrushwild

Supplier of wild meadow seed for meadow restoration projects and also has a brush-harvester and hand-held seed harvester, and is able to offer a mobile seed collection service if you wish to harvest seed from your own meadows, wetlands or heathlands.

Please contact: http://wyndrushwild.co.uk/  or 07870 515942 or 07905 505357. Email: info@wyndrushwild.co.uk

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Stuart Rudge – (all over Carmarthenshire)  Stock fencing, digger work and other tractor work. Makes and sells his own small bale hay.

Please contact: 07792024161

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Robert Davies –  Digger specialist, (all over south west Wales), earth moving and landscaping and all sorts of other work undertaken – such as stump removal, field restoration, etc.  In great demand, so may be delays before you get to the top of his list!   

Please contact: 07788626596

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Alan Davies (based in Llandeilo area) – All kinds of tractor work, has small baler and sells small and large bale hay (and delivers too). Always helpful and reliable.

Please contact: 07789156724

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Rhodri Thomas – not a contractor but a part-time farmer, based just west of Carmarthen town.  May be able to help others with restoration e.g. tractor flailing and topping grasslands at weekends. Hoping to buy a small baler so self sufficient for own hay crop (and others?).

Please contact: 07743926212

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4 thoughts on “Useful Links

  1. Another resource that many might find useful is “The Lowland Grassland Management Handbook” 2nd edition by A crofts and R G Jefferson (eds), (1999). Some of it (esp the stuff about available grants) is a bit out of date, but it’s incredibly detailed and thorough, it’s in 17 chapters, and it was the sum of knowledge of the Wildlife Trusts and English Nature (as it then was) about how to manage grassland for biodiversity. Hard copies are very rare,but the whole thing is available as a .pdf for each chapter at the Natural England website:

    http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/35034

    It’s probably the nearest thing there is to a Haynes Manual for meadows.

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  2. Another book that many might already be aware of, which I’d thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in the role of meadows in providing not just wild life havens, but also human interest, and perhaps havens, throughout the year is the beautifully written “Meadowland- The Private Life of an English Field” by John Lewis- Stempel”, who writes about his own patch of meadow on the English/Welsh border of Herefordshire, throughout the seasons. Click:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18104707-meadowland

    for reviews from other readers. Should be on every meadow owner’s wish list perhaps?

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    • Hello Ros,
      If you can attach the photo to an email (preferably in a resized/reduced image size), you can send it to me at grumpyhobbit@gmail.com .
      As to how you do this from a mobile phone, I’m afraid I’m not the chap to ask, since I never use mobile phones, other than occasionally to ring people! Fiona tells me that her phone does have an option on its menu to attach an image to a message. Failing that I guess you could google how to it with your brand of phone…I’m sure someone out there will have provided the answer on line…
      I’m not a fungi expert, and tend to try to identify things using the excellent ” Mushrooms and other fungi of Great Britain and Europe” by Roger Phillips. Alternatively if you can work out how to send the image, there are links to 2 local fungi groups on the last blog post, who you could also perhaps send it to ?
      Best wishes
      Julian

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