What we do:
- Proactive and reactive contact with owners interested in meadow management, restoration and creation
- Co-ordinate the harvest and supply of locally wild harvested "Weald Native Origin Seed"
- Practical meadows advice for management, restoration, creation and grant schemes (with an additional daily rate guide for site surveys, grant applications and specialist reports)
- Specialist events for targeted audiences
To raise the awareness of the plight of lowland meadows, whilst demonstrating to the public and landowners what can be achieved to reverse this decline - in the hope that others will follow this amazing example!
We aim to:
- Restore 60ha of existing lowland meadow and create 188ha of new lowland meadow across the Weald by March 2015 - benefiting meta-populations of bumblebee, moth and butterfly
- Raise awareness of the plight of lowland meadows and the species they support, and give long term sustainability for WMNN
- Enable the public to access specific exemplar grassland sites, enjoy and learn about their heritage and participate in a range of experiences and opportunities.
Success so far:
Since April 2012, Weald Meadows Nectar Networks has supported around 200 landowners with their meadows through advice and site visits.
TGT WMNN, colleagues and Trustee Keith Datchler OBE have attended or been involved with over 19 events this spring and summer. Open events have included; Heathfield Agricultural Show, The Railway Land Festival 2012 , A Bumble Bee identification workshop and a Flora Locale / Kew / WMNN course Seed collecting & use for restoration and re-introduction course at Kew –Wakehurst.
"With an exciting new focus on our lovely invertebrates, an essential part of the meadow pyramid, our project is looking to maintain and restore new networks of grassland across the Weald"
Dawn Brickwood, Weald Meadows Nectar Networks Officer
The founding partnership of the WMI (now Weald Meadows Nectar Networks) includes:
- Meadow owners and managers
- High Weald Landscape Trust
- The High Weald AONB Unit and Joint Advisory Committee
- The Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group
- Agrifactors working with Memorandum of Collaboration partners The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the established Weald Meadows Group members made up of Kew
- Sussex University
- Sussex Wetland Landscapes Project
- The National Trust - Sheffield Park & Batemans
- Sussex Botanical Recording Society