There will be an opportunity to find out more about Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Bay Meadows project and how you can get involved at a public consultation meeting on Thursday June 30 from 6-7.30pm at Marlborough Golf Club. The meeting will be run by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s recently appointed officer, Anthony Atkinson.
Bay meadows has recently been topped to reduce the seeding of the dominant species such as thistles and nettles. Although this may seem counterintuitive to some it will allow the more delicate species to begin making a comeback. In a recent survey 12 species of plant were recorded per meter squared which is low in comparison to Clattenger farm (a WWT reserve in the north of the county) which has nearly 40 species /per metres squared.
The topping has also allowed a closer look to see the lay of the land, debris and hidden objects that might foul other machinery or pose a risk to grazing livestock for the future. The control of the vegetation at this time is also in preparation for fencing works.
Topping is likely to be carried out again in 4 to 6 weeks to assist with the management of robust weed species. The long term aim of the site is to graze it with belted Galloways however completing a hay cut on some of the ground may also be a possibility in future years.
As the project continues some areas will be permanently shut off to public access to help promote the diversity of species on the site and protect grazing livestock. Access will be possible to these areas through volunteering and special interest groups.
For more information feel free to come along to the public consultation on June 30 or contact Anthony Atkinson on Anthony@wiltshirewildlife.org or Tel : 07749418449