Monthly Archives: May 2015

Land! We need land! Oh, and cash

Of course, it’s not so easy to run meadow establishment trials without any land, which we don’t have.  Or, rather, we didn’t have.  I had started to look for agriculturally unproductive scraps of land around where I live in Essex.  After a couple of false starts I had brainwave (or, more accurately, a ‘flash of the bleedin’ obvious.)  Continue reading

A problem encountered when trying to re-establish species rich flower meadows

In a previous post (May 6, 2015)  I explained that Naturetale has struck on a way in which we believe we can help improve the ability of conservation organisations to establish new species rich flower meadows.

Unfortunately one of the discoveries from the work done so far is that certain species, that are common components of old, undisturbed meadows, do not respond to this approach.  They do not naturally appear and, when introduced, tend to fail to establish.  Examples of these are Pignut, Saw-wort, Dropwort, Meadow saxifrage, Burnet saxifrage and Bitter vetch. Continue reading

I lead the 2015 Hillhouse Wood Dawn Chorus Walk – and someone turns up!

16th May was that dreaded time of year when the alarm goes off at 3.20 am. Actually I’m coming to the conclusion that the worst part of the experience is when you set the alarm for 3.20, knowing that it will go off in barely 4 hours time. This year it was immediately noticeable that the sky was not totally dark, indicating an absence of any cloud. A good start.

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We’ve found a problem that the world has, and that Naturetale may be able to help solve

Long term readers of this blog (what do you mean? – of course there are!) may recall that the botanical guru behind the Naturetale app is Dr. Richard Jefferson, otherwise known as my old school mate ‘Jeffo’.  His speciality is species rich lowland wild flower meadows.  He has a particular interest in how to re-establish meadows, the great proportion of which have been lost as agriculture has become more intensive and more arable. Continue reading