Useful links for contacts and further information, both local and national :
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/
Links – Tools/Machinery
Scything – Austrian scythes seem to be generally recommended as lighter and easier to use
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 .
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
Tracmaster Ltd (new kit) – good video demonstration.
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.
01558 685 811 Ivy 07912 789 003 or Carl 07803 000 957
RC Matts & Son – Chris Matts
Meadow Creation & Management, Hay Cutting, Hedge laying
01639 750114; 07913882086; firstname.lastname@example.org (Crynant, Neath)
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: email@example.com
Stuart Rudge – (all over Carmarthenshire) Stock fencing, digger work and other tractor work. Makes and sells his own small bale hay.
Please contact: 07792024161
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
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
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