National Trust puts hay meadows under the microscope

National Trust trainee Katie Quantrell takes part in hay meadow training with Stuart Hedley.
National Trust trainee Katie Quantrell takes part in hay meadow training with Stuart Hedley.

Top botanist Stuart Hedley gave expert advice about hay meadow conservation to volunteers at an event run by the National Trust at Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags.

“Our meadows are not just things of beauty in their own right: they also supply the seed that keeps England’s remaining 100 pairs of twite with food for their young,” said Charlotte Weightman, habitat intervention officer working for the RSPB.

“Invertebrates, birds and small mammals all benefit from traditional hay meadows. We are really lucky that we have landowners including the National Trust as custodians,” she said.