The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust held an event about the The Hardwick Green Meadows Project, called ‘Our Floodplain meadows through Time’ on October 22nd 2019.
The Hardwick Green Meadows Project began after this floodplain meadows site was purchased in 2017 by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk. It is one of around 70 Worcs WT nature reserves and represents 1.5% of all floodplain meadows left in the UK, so is of national and international importance.
‘Our Floodplain Meadows Through Time’ was a workshop/training session held in October 2019, to engage local landowners and residents in understanding about the importance and value of floodplain meadows from ecological and flooding alleviation perspectives. Emma Rothero from the Floodplain Meadows Partnership talked about the background, distribution and value of floodplain meadows.
Mike Smart and Dave Evans from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s new breeding Curlew project raised our awareness of the Curlew and its plight and discussed land management actions for its benefit. Ian Duncan from the Worcestershire Curlew Group added to this presentation, giving a local perspective. Finally, Paul Hudson from the Worcestershire County Council’s Historic Environment Record ‘Explore the Past’ team provided an overview of what the historic environment records and archive information tells us about the area, based on the Desk-based Assessment that was carried out at the beginning of the Project.
A full account of the event by Liz Bunney of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust can be read here: Hardwick Green Meadows Project (PDF).