Managing meadows for wildlife – walk/talk at Shepherd Meadows

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This is a rare chance to get a look at some of the issues involved in managing the land along the river.

Shepherd Meadows is a 34-hectare site on the Berkshire and Hampshire border situated along the River Blackwater.

It is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) because of its unimproved grassland and ancient woodland interest, and is managed through a combination of cattle grazing and cutting hay.

The walk will include a discussion about managing grassland for its wildlife interest in general, as well as the different methods employed at Shepherd Meadows. It will also explore issues specific to the site such as changes in the study of water, and the challenges of conservation management of valuable wildlife sites where there is a lot of of public access.

Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult, and dogs must be on a lead. Please wear suitable clothing for meadows walks and the weather conditions (generally hard surface footpaths if wet).

Booking is not required - just turn up!