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AONB: Forest of Bowland


112ha hay meadow and species rich grassland have been restored through the Forest of Bowland Haytime project, delivered through 'field-scale' meadow restoration, 'pollinator patches' and 'mini-meadows'. The project involved hundreds of volunteers, trainees and event attendees, training in traditional skills and surveying.

'Bowland Haytime' encompasses a suite of species-rich grassland restoration project activity delivered jointly by the Yorkshire Dale Millennium Trust and Forest of Bowland AONB from 2012 to the present.  These projects include Bowland Haytime, Networks for Nectar, Wildflowers for the Meadows and now, Haytime Rescue.  These have helped to deliver:

  • farm 'field-scale' meadow restoration
  • 'pollinator patches' and 'mini-meadows' within local communities and villages
  • training in restoration techniques and traditional skills, including scything and hay-making
  • grassland and pollinator surveying by local volunteers, including 'Beewalks' bumblebee volunteers surveying numbers for published research
  • engaging schools in outdoor learning about meadows and pollinators
  • collecting and celebrating haytime recollections and local community events celebrating meadows
  • late-flowering species propagation and planting, via species 'foster-parents'.