This is a traditional ancient lowland hay meadow. It contains the plants such as Crested Dog’s Tail and Lesser Knapweed which are essential for many British native butterflies and bees.
We have added bulbs such as Camassia and Narcissus as well as hardy geraniums and species roses to prolong the period of interest. In the summer the meadow is full of insects including Chimney Sweepers tiny black day flying moths which live in the meadows.We have also planted a ‘meadow’ of annual flowers, very pretty but with far fewer insects visiting compared with the traditional meadow.
The pond was dug after advice from the Farm and Wildlife Advisory Group who took out soil cores to make sure we could have a clay lined natural looking pond. Many cobbles were dug up and these were used to make a shallow incline to enable animals to get in and out of the water. A ditch was dug at one end as an overflow and this is where all our frogspawn is laid.
Mostly British native plants were used to provide an ideal habitat for both animals and bugs, we have an especially wide range of dragonflies as well as frogs, toads and newts.