Elan Hay Meadows
Across the UK, 97% of our traditional wildflower meadows have been lost. Elan Valley, however, is home to many upland hay meadows – including a coronation meadow – all of which are a wonderful sight in full bloom and are of enormous benefit in pollination. Elan Valley’s meadows retain fantastic floristic diversity and insect life but scientific studies have shown that appropriate management such as liming and occasional applications of farmyard manure are needed to keep these meadows thriving.
This project will work with farmers to make sure our hay meadows continue to thrive in the future.
The scientific study examining management of Elan’s hay meadows has identified clear evidence that our meadows, in general, are becoming progressively more infertile and acidic.
Over the next five years, this project aims to deliver:
- 12 hectares of hay meadow under favourable management
- In-by field management plan
- 10 people trained in hay meadow management skills
- Two stakeholder days and five demonstrating and volunteering days
- End of project report with recommendations for future management
- Interpretation to a wider audience