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Meadow Survey at Centenary Field - What We Found!

Meadow Survey – What We Found!

Last Sunday (July 24th), with the help of some fantastic volunteers, we conducted our Meadow Survey at Centenary Field! 
 
This monitoring of Centenary Field will help us to keep track of whether our new biodiversity management plan increases the number of plant species in the hay meadow. Our biodiversity management plan is a long-term strategy, and it may take up to six years for big differences to become visible!
 
The type of assessment we carried out was a “Rapid Assessment Meadow Survey” to look for positive and negative indicator species – AKA, species which represent the diversity and overall health of the grassland.
 
We investigated twenty individual “quadrats” (1m x 1m squares), recording all the indicator species found within each quadrat square. We were very pleased to find several positive indicators, including vetchlings, sweet vernal grass, buttercups, and yellow rattle.
 
Photograph of five people standing in a hay meadow. They are holding squares made out of bamboo rods bound together at the corners.
We’d love to say a great big THANK YOU to all of our fantastic volunteers, who managed to help us investigate all twenty quadrats within 2 hours. Brilliant stuff!
 
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Three people standing in a hay meadow of long yellow grasses. They are leaning over intently looking at the grasses. Wide shot of the hay meadow. Five or six people stand in the distance, some leaning down looking at the grasses. A pop up stall inside a gazebo in a field. There is a table with a large green three-panelled pin board with posters pinned to it.  A hay meadow field with tall yellow-green grasses. In the very far distance is a group of people, but they are only small dots on the  horizon.