Tag Archives: condition assessment

Quarry access road, Flintshire (2015)

Ever assessed the condition of a calcareous grassland in January?  Me neither, before last month.  At least it wasn’t snowing (!) Continue reading

A tour of SSSIs. With a bit of soil sampling thrown in. (2014)

Fancy a tour of SSSIs?  Want to get paid for it?  Yes please!

Aqualate Mere Continue reading

Does Environmental Stewardship work ? Part 2 – fen surveys (2014)

Following on from the species-rich grassland survey, a friend and I were asked to survey nine wetland sites as part of a similar project on fens.  This time, there was no previous survey data and our mission was to map vegetation and establish new locations for quadrats which, we hope, someone will come back to in a few years’ time to find out what has been happening to the vegetation.

fen habitat Continue reading

Does Environmental Stewardship work ? Species-rich grassland surveys (2014)

I relish the opportunity to get involved with research projects and this one is, I think, particularly important.  We pay farmers a fair bit of money each year via Environmental Stewardship and Higher Level Stewardship and I’d like to know what I’m getting for my money.  Wouldn’t you ?  So, does stewardship actually work ?  Are fields in Higher Level Stewardship more interesting and better ecologically now than they were when they first came into the scheme ?

Hay meadow, Derbyshire Continue reading