Apr 272017
 

GWT Reserve at Springdale Farm, April 2017

This year we are working with Gwent Wildlife Trust to give people the opportunity to walk around some of the county’s most beautiful meadows and to get a feel for how the Monmouthshire landscape would have looked before intensive farming methods were adopted.

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Four meadows are open on Sunday 18th June where there will be hosts to point out the paths and help identify species. Continue reading »

Apr 272017
 

Gardens in the Wild is an annual garden festival and this year will be held at Whitfield Estate, Herefordshire HR2 0BA on 24/25 June.

There will be stalls, events, guided walks, delicious food and talks from a terrific line up of garden experts including Noel Kingsbury and Caroline Hanks who will share their expertise on meadows.
Seven very special local gardens will be opening exclusively for the festival in the afternoons. A weekend Rover ticket gives access to all the gardens.

Visitors will also be free to explore the gardens and parkland of Whitfield during the weekend and there will be supper and music in the barn on the Saturday evening.

Full details on their web site www.gardensinthewild.org

Apr 272017
 

Usk Civic Society is organising a Biodiversity Day to raise funds for the Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial.  The event starts at 12 noon at Llanllywel House.  There will be walks in the wildflower meadow, the woodland and hillside.  Bring a picnic, stout shoes and anorak. Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks will be available.  There will be activities including butter making, outdoor cooking, clay modelling and more.

It is free to enter and visitors will be asked to make cash donations to the fund (as these can be gift-aided).  Monmouthshire Meadows Group will have a stall and Gwent Wildlife Trust will also be there.  The house is next to their reserve at Springdale Farm.

Ty Llanllywel, Llanllowell Lane, NP15 1LL, (grid reference ST 404 992), on the left travelling west to east towards Springdale Farm.

For more information contact Stella Collard, 01291 673655

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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Apr 082017
 

Our latest newsletter is available to download here.  It includes our latest news, upcoming events and articles including:

  • An update from our chairman, Steph Tyler, on recent activities
  • News about our latest venture at Wet Meadow in Trellech
  • The Long Forest Project
  • GWT’s Wye Woods Conservation Project
  • Open Meadows Day 2017
  • Monmouth Bee Festival
  • Obituary and news of our hedge planting tribute to Diana Bevan, founder member and previous chair of MMG

 

We welcome items for inclusion in our newsletters, especially pictures of your First Sightings, and longer pieces of interest to our members.  Contributions should be sent to Marilyn Dunkelman, who can be contacted via our online form

Events Diary

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Mar 152017
 

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April 2017

Monday 3rd: Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, Newport & Valleys Branch, have Steph Tyler talking about Wildflowers & Meadows, Why we need them, how to save them, 7pm, at Newport Civic Centre.  Contact Vic Warren to attend on 01495 755557

Saturday 22nd: The first of Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walks* with Steph Tyler and Elsa Wood, 10am to 3pm.  Booking is essential, contact Steph by email steph_tyler2001@hotmail.com Details on the GWT web site and the Botany Group’s Facebook page

Wednesday 26th: MMG Annual General Meeting and Spring Get-together at Llanishen Village Hall.   The AGM starts at 7pm, followed by guest speaker Dr George Peterken, ecologist, author of Wye Valley (from the Collins New Naturalist series) and Meadows (British Wildlife Collection volume 2) and founder of the Parish Grassland Project.  Followed by a buffet supper.  Book online

May 2017

Sunday 7th: Usk Civic Society’s Biodiversity Day at Llanllywell, from 12 noon, to raise funds for the Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial in Usk.  More details

Wednesday 17th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk with Steph Tyler and Elsa Wood, looking at weeds of brownfield sites in Chepstow

Saturday 20th: Monmouthshire Bee Festival, at Nelson Gardens in Monmouth.

June 2017

Tuesday 6th: Meadow Plant Identification for Beginners, 10am to 12.30pm at Pentwyn Farm Nature Reserve.  Book with Gwent Wildlife Trust** (details on their web site)

Saturday 10th: A guided walk exploring the flowers and plants of Castle Meadows, Abergavenny, with Sheelagh Kerry, 10am to 12 noon. Dogs on leads only.  Please book with Abergavenny local group, Gwent Wildlife Trust, call 0800 298 3656.   Location and more details

Tuesday 13th: Meadow Plant Identification for Intermediates, 10am to 12.30pm at Pentwyn Farm Nature Reserve.  Book with Gwent Wildlife Trust** (details on their web site)

Saturday 17th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk  in Cwmllanwenarth wet meadows, the only site for Trollius (Globeflower) in the county

Sunday 18th: MMG Open Meadows Day.  A number of meadows will be open, including Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Springdale Farm.  More details to follow

Saturday/Sunday 24th/25thGardens in the Wild at the Whitfield Estate in South Herefordshire. Details

July 2017

Saturday 1st:  National Meadows Day

Wednesday 19thMonmouthshire Botany Group’s  Botany Walk , possibly a visit to MOD Caerwent depending on manoeuvres

August 2017

Saturday 19th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk , recording in SO20X and Y

September 2017

Wednesday 13th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk , aquatic plants ID day at Magor Marsh


Botany Walks: The programme is provisional as some venues may be changed. Days start at 10am continuing until about 3-4pm.  All days are for helping to improve ID skills and recording for Atlas 2020. Booking is essential, contact Steph Tyler by email steph_tyler2001@hotmail.com.  Details on BSBI web site and the Botany Group’s Facebook page

**There are many other events organised by Gwent Wildlife Trust, SEWBReC and other conservation organisations so do check out their listings as well:

Gwent Wildlife Trust Events Calendar (external link)

South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBReC) Events Calendar (external link)

Local Wildlife Site Landowner Morning: 22 January

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Jan 052017
 

Trooping Funnels (Clitocybe geotropa) in a Local Wildlife Site (picture Jon Dunkelman)

All Monmouthshire Meadows Group members are invited to attend the morning for owners of Local Wildlife Sites at Llanishen Village Hall on Sunday 22 January 2017, 9.30am to 1pm.

There will be talks on Grassland Fungi, Amazing Molluscs of the Gwent Living Landscapes, Wye Valley Woodlands, Pine Marten Reintroduction Feasibility, and Orchard Conservation as well as time to meet other wildlife site owners, discuss issues and find out about the current survey work being undertaken on grasslands.

The event is organised by Gwent Wildlife Trust and you can book a place by contacting Andy Karran, their Wildlife Sites Officer, e-mail akarran@gwentwildlife.org or 01600 740600.

Download the programme, including directions and map of Llanishen Village Hall

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

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Oct 132016
 

Autumn 2016 NewsletterOur latest newsletter is available to download here.  Featuring, among other news:

  • An update from our chairman, Steph Tyler, on recent activities
  • News about our latest meadow reserve, Ida’s Meadow in Maryland, The Narth
  • A beautifully illustrated article by Ray Armstrong on moving to Pastures New
  • Low energy hay baling
  • Managing verges for wildflowers in Itton Common
  • Pictures and reports from National Meadows Day 2016

Plus our regular items: first sightings, welcoming new members, reports of our 2016 activities and news of things to come

We welcome items for inclusion in our newsletters, especially pictures of your First Sightings, and longer pieces of interest to our members.  Contributions should be sent to Marilyn Dunkelman, who can be contacted via our online form

Our Autumn Get-together: 27 October

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Oct 012016
 
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Autumn Meadow (Jon Dunkelman)

Our Autumn meeting this year will be at the Centenary Hall in Usk, on Thursday 27th October.  We shall have our usual buffet supper and plenty of time to chat and socialise with fellow meadows enthusiasts.

This year two of our members will be talking about their meadow experiences:

David Sheers is a committee member of the Monmouthshire Branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales.  He and his wife have a small oasis of species-rich pastures and meadows in a sea of intensive agriculture , at Llandewi Rhydderch near Abergavenny.

Malcolm Schuyl is a professional photographer, and a keen moth-trapper.  He and his wife came to live at Maypole near St Maughans three years ago and have a small farm with species-rich pastures, woodland and a stream. Continue reading »

Committee Changes at MMG

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May 022016
 
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Maggie and Ann at our book launch party in 2014 (Keith Moseley)

Retiring and New Committee Members

At April’s AGM we said thank you to five retiring committee members who have all contributed a huge amount to MMG’s work over the last few years.

Glynis Law actually left the committee a few months ago, but continues to be an active member of the group.  Martin Fenn-Smith and Martin Suter retired from their roles as Treasurer and Membership Secretary respectively, and two of our longest serving members, Ann Robinson and Maggie Biss also stood down after years of active support and commitment.

Maggie was with Diana Bevan, a founder member of MMG and has been our secretary since the Group was formed. She has been a key person especially during the early years when she lived at Pilstone House and has loyally supported our Open Days and other events and for many years produced MMG’s newsletter.

Ann Robinson has also been a loyal supporter of the Group. She helped with the production of MMG’s anniversary book and hosted the launch of this book at her lovely meadows near Shirenewton.

In their place we have gained some new members. Cecilia Davies, who has served on the committee for a year now, is our new membership secretary; she stood in for three months as Treasurer, preparing the accounts for the AGM.  Rachel Morgan is a new recruit and she takes over as treasurer.  Judith Carruthers has also officially joined the team after being a frequent volunteer helper at our events.

Can You Contribute to MMG’s Work?

We are still looking for one or two more volunteers to join the committee to get back to our full numbers. You don’t have to be an expert in any particular field as we need people with many different skills, whether it’s practical help at work parties, administrative help, contributing to event organising, or becoming an ambassador for the group. We would particularly like to do more with young people.  If you would like to know more please talk to one of our committee members.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Mar 302016
 

MMGNewsletterSpring2016CoverOur Spring Newsletter is now available to download here.

This issue includes:

  • An update on our newly purchased meadows at Kingcoed and plans for activities at the site
  • An update from our chairman, Steph Tyler, on recent activities
  • An exciting project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales to rescue Monmouthshire’s  Meadow Clary
  • Habitat Aid, suppliers of wildflower seed and other resources for  habitat restoration and new native planting schemes
  • An article about PONT: Pori Natur a Threftadaeth (Grazing, Nature and Heritage), Wales’s not-for-profit grazing organisation

Plus our regular items: first sightings, welcoming new members, and many pictures from our 2015 activities and news of things to come

We welcome items for inclusion in our newsletters, especially pictures of your First Sightings, and longer pieces of interest to our members.  Contributions should be sent to Marilyn Dunkelman, who can be contacted via our online form