Creating and managing wild flower meadows for pollinators

Training Programme

Wild flower meadow ® Kevin Wharf
Time/date of training: 10.00am - 4.00pm, Wed 28 June 2017

Location: Morpeth, Northumberland

Facilitator: Kevin Wharf and Shaun Hackett, Northumberland National Park


Course description:

Windyside Farm is 167 acres of grassland with some woodland. It is a traditionally managed farm. Since 2006 the land has been managed to
restore species - rich wildflower meadows that provide valuable habitats for pollinators. Sheep graze the fields and a small herd of
long horn cows has been recently introduced as part of the management regime. This is a field-based training day looking how the farm has been managed under the higher level stewardship scheme and how Northumberland National Park and Natural England have supported the restoration of the hay meadows. The hands-on sessions will include :
• A look at the value of traditionally managed meadows & hedgerows for moths including examining the catch of light traps set the previous night
• A tour of fields and discussion of their creation and management for pollinators and seed collecting
• A discussion on bumblebee ecology and identification of the `Big six` common species associated with meadows
• Discussion and demonstration of brush harvesting machine

Course status: closed for bookings

Fee: £100.00 / £75.00   Concession availble for employees/volunteers of charities parish councils, students and those not economically active

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