Research

North Meadow NNR is the main research site for the Floodplain Meadows Partnership. Research started on North Meadow in 1997 and a huge amount of data is now available. A data set of this length is unique. As a result it provides many opportunities understanding this rare lowland hay meadow habitat.

The Floodplain Meadows Partnership aim to improve knowledge about  the conservation, management and restoration of floodplain meadows. For example Floodplain Meadows – A Technical Handbook is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to manage or restore a lowland hay meadow.

Over the years many PhD students have carried out experimental work on North Meadow. A recent PhD thesis entitled “Management of dominant Carex species on floodplain meadows” is available as a summary or in full from EThOS

A local example of a restoration project, is Priors Ham, a small (4Ha) species poor meadow, adjacent to North Meadow. Restoration of Priors Ham to species rich meadow started in 2010. Progress of this restoration is covered in the Floodplain Meadows Partnership case study on the project.

Regular Newsletters give an interesting summary of current issues and activites. The most recent newsletters can be found below.

Newsletter Autumn 2020

    • Priority Habitat Inventory and floodplain meadows
    • Floodplain meadows as NFM measures
    • History of floodplain landuse
    • Policy update
    • Pilobolus crystallinus
    • Latest research – Oxley Mead

Newsletter Spring 2020

    • Soil carbon -where do floodplain meadows sit in the debate
    • Having a break: dormancy in snake’s-head fritillary
    • Calthion in Scotland – what did we find?
    • Policy update
    • Updates on Ambassadors, PhD students and FMP questionnaire

Information on research carried out by the Floodplain Meadows Partnership can be found on their website.

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