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Avon Valley Open Meadows 2022

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Please find attached the programme for the first year of Avon Valley Open Meadows.

All at different stages of evolution, these meadows are being restored under a meadow- making partnership between landowners and DWT’s Avon Valley Project. Our collective aim is to increase the range of flower rich habitat available to wildlife across the valley. Working on everything from former arable farmland, horse grazed pastures to burial grounds and using yellow rattle as a transformative tool, we are steadily developing a new wildflower meadow network in the Avon.

These meadows are not generally open to the public so this is a unique opportunity to visit a handful of these evolving wildlife havens.

Every meadow tells a story. Stories which say as much about the people who tend them as the plants and creatures they support. Come along to learn a little about their history and the management techniques we are using to restore biodiversity value, creating new wildlife corridors, crucial to natures recovery.

You are welcome to drop in during the allotted time at each site and have a wander. Bring your own flask if you want a cuppa and don’t forget to wear appropriate footwear. The landowners will be on hand to enthuse, inspire, answer your questions and share their meadow making experiences. On occasions they will be supported by DWT’s Avon Valley Project Officer, Lynne Kenderdine.

In the heart of the valley is DWT’s Andrews Wood Nature Reserve with its stunning network of scrub, wet meadows and rich assemblage of wildflowers including the nationally rare heath lobelia. This is open for public enjoyment all year round and you are welcome to explore at your leisure. We are delighted to include the Reserve in the programme here when joining Lynne on site will be Nathan Robinson, DWT’s Nature Reserve Officer.

These meadow makers have generously opened their gates free of charge, but if you feel you would like to make a donation to support Devon Wildlife Trust’s Avon Valley Project then you can do so here – www.devonwildlifetrust.org/what-we-do/o ... von-valley
Avon Valley Open Meadows Programme June 2022.pdf
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