2021 Courses

Find out about North Meadow National Nature Reserve

Heritage FundCricklade Court Leet is planning to run several courses as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for North Meadow. The aim of these courses is to raise awareness of the rich biodiversity of North Meadow. We hope by promoting greater understanding of this rare habitat more people will wish to become involved in its conservation.

COVID-19 UPDATE – Due to Government advice on social distancing we had to cancel our 3 courses planned for 2020. We are pleased to have received a two year extension to our heritage lottery fund grant and will now run these courses with the same tutors in 2021 or as soon as possible. New dates for these courses will be advised when available. If you would like to register your interest in any of these courses please get in touch using our contact form.

Practical Scything and Meadow Management Course. Saturday 10th July 2021

Scything on North Meadow
Scything on North Meadow

A unique opportunity to learn to scythe on one of the UK’s best lowland hay meadows. 

Suitable for those wishing to keep their garden or wildflower area in check through to those managing a larger area of meadow for conservation. 

Learn how to use, sharpen and maintain a scythe.  Find out about timing the hay cut and making hay.  There will be plenty of mowing practice to develop your technique under instruction. 

Tutored by Richard Brown, Chairman of the Scything Association of Britain and Ireland. 

Location: North Meadow NNR, Cricklade, Wiltshire 

Cost: £60

If we need to cancel the course for whatever reason we will refund your course fee.

More details on this course

Moths and Butterflies Course. Saturday 11th September 2021

Scarlet tiger moth
Scarlet tiger moth

Butterfly and Moth expert David Brown will lead this one day course based in Cricklade. The course will start in the Thames Hall with an introduction to Lepidoptera.  We will then inspect moth traps set out the previous evening, followed by  a local walk to North Meadow NNR to look at the resident butterflies returning later to the Thames Hall for refreshments, course analysis, results and conclusions.

Suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about moths and butterflies, for both beginners and those with previous experience. 

You will be given an introduction to the differences between butterflies and moths, helpful identification hints for the commoner species. Advice on ways of observing and recording lepidoptera. 

Location: Thames Hall Cricklade and North Meadow NNR

Cost: £25   (Includes Pocket Field Guide to Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland)

If we need to cancel the course for whatever reason we will refund your course fee.

More details on this course

Courses Planned for 2022