Managing wetland meadows with grazing

Fri 17/07/15 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 Conservation grazing management techniques are required to manage our wetland meadows. The Managing wetland meadows with grazing course covers the ecology of lowland species rich grassland and management of this rare habitat through planned
and sustainable cattle grazing methods. This is a mostly practical course which starts with a classroom based introduction; you
will go on to look at how the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) has enhanced and restored the meadows at St Cross and St Faith’s Meadows’ located near the city of Winchester with cattle grazing.
Outside the classroom through observation and discussion you will use quadrats and fixed point photography to show how the sites are monitored, use botanical keys to identify plants and how the HIWWT has involved the local community via livestock
checking and guided walks and why this is essential on an urban fringe site.
On the Managing wetland meadows with grazing course you will:
gain an understanding of the rarity of lowland species rich grassland. explore this habitat and gain a broad understanding of the ecology. explore management techniques including hay cutting, cattle grazing, topping and tree and scrub removal.
understand how to do this on urban fringe sites.
Is this course for me?
This course has been designed for people involved or considering a career in ecology, volunteers, farmers, land managers and anyone interested in learning the management of wetland grazing with cattle.
When and where?
Friday 17th July - 10am-3pm – St Cross Meadows
Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start
What do I need to bring?
Long trousers and top, sun hat / waterproofs and any clothing comfortable for the
weather on the day
Sturdy, comfortable walking boots
Sun-cream & insect repellant
Hand lenses and binoculars may be useful if you have them
Refreshments & a packed lunch
Booking is essential.