Fritillary Count on North Meadow

The fritillaries are still looking spectacular, most are now in flower and some have stared to form seed heads.

Over the next few days you may see Natural England and the Floodplain Meadows Partnership carrying out research on North Meadow, recording the  Snakes Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris). North Meadow is home to 80% of  the UK population of this nationally scarce plant.

This involves counting fritillary plants, both those in flower and vegetative plants which have between one and seven leaves. The vegetative plants look like blades of grass and greatly outnumber the flowering plants. 40 volunteer recorders carry out the count.

The fritillary plants are recorded in 320 1m by 1m quadrats which are positioned in the same location each year using a GPS accurate to 2cm. See map above.

A full botanical survey is done later in the year. The Floodplain Meadow Partnership have been carrying out research on North Meadow for over 20 years. You can find out more about their work from the latest  Newsletter .

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