Creating an upland hay meadow or wildflower plot

A short information leaflet to support those interested in creating an upland hay meadow or wildflower plot

Creating Coronation Meadows

Webpage with a 9 step guide on site selection, ground preparation and re-seeding, to create or restore a wildflower meadow on a smallholding of farm.

Grassland restoration and creation... for bumblebees

A factsheet on the restoration and enhancement of existing permanent grassland; both arable and non-arable. Advice on land suitability and future management is also included.

Hay meadow & grassland conservation

Webpage giving an overview of the restoration process in the Upper Nidderdale restoration projects for a landscape-scale approach to grassland restoration and enhancement .

Hay Time Project

An overview of the restoration project, including why and what was carried out

How do I know if my meadow restoration or recreation is succeeding?

A guide to monitoring the success of restoration for different types of grassland

Providing seed for restoring species-rich hay meadows

An overview leaflet with information on how the project works alongside the land owner.

Restoration using natural regeneration

Detailed guidance on restoring or creating a species rich grassland using the natural regeneration. Covers methodology for site selection, ground preparation, and both pre and post restoration management. Also includes a useful timeline diagram.

Restoring and managing your hay meadow

Simplistic step-by-step instructions for restoring a hay meadow and including a 'hay meadow year' diagram explaining how to manage a hay meadow throughout the year.

Restoring species-rich hay meadows

A step-by-step guide to preparation and planning prior to restoration and how the Hay Time project officer works with land owners.

Wildflowers that tolerate slightly more fertile grassland

Advice notes on selecting wild flower species for sites with higher nutrient levels, and differing moisture levels

A step-by-step guide to upland hay meadow restoration in the North Pennines

A report presented as a series of steps detailing the approach taken to survey meadows, identify seed "donor" and "receptor" sites, manage harvesting and spreading operations, monitoring and reporting.

Creation Methodology and Management of Coronation Meadows

Webpage giving an overview of restoration methods of existing grassland, including ground preparation, use of green hay, seed addition and the reasons for each method used, followed by a general description of future management.

Hay Time - Analysis of Survey Data 2006-2011

A report summarising the results of data analysis to determine the effect of seed addition on species richness, species diversity and meadow composition.

Hay Time - project report 2012-2014

Project document for the first phase of Hay Time on Bowland. Covers methodologies used for survey and restoration; details sites covered in the project; work on public access to meadows; events undertaken; traditional skills development and volunteering.

Hay Time final report 2012

An overview of the Hay Time project from its launch in May 2006 to the end of the project in December 2011. It explains why the project was set up, what it aimed to do, how it did it, what still needs to be done.

Hay Time Highlights (2006-2012)

Short report documenting the actions and achievements of Hay Time - North Pennines; descibes methods of harvesting, spreading surveying and monitoring including results and furture recommendations.

Meadows Beyond the Millennium

The future for Hay Meadows in the Peak District National Park: A detailed report on the status of the Peak District meadows - a project report on the management and restoration, including detailed species lists.

Networks 4 Nectar - project report 2014 - 2016

Project report for N4N. Covers methodologies used; sites included in the project; case studies x4; public participation in the project.

The conservation management of upland hay meadows in Britain: a review

A journal paper review of research into restoration work in hay meadows up to 2005.

The impact of green hay addition to upland hay meadows in the North Pennines through the Hay Time project (2006-2012).

A scientific report on the impact of green hay addition following baseline and repeat botanical surveys. Includes methods used for green hay addition, and analysis of the results.

Wildflower Nidderdale Progress Report May 2016

Detailed report on the Upper Nidderdale AONB meadows project detailing restoration methodology, including the pros and cons of seed collection methods.

How to grow nectar flower mixtures (TIN094)

Advice on sowing wildflower seed

How to grow wild flowers

Webpage with detailed advice on how to collect and sow wildflower seed including where to source the seed; planting and propogation; links to creating a wildflower patch or meadow advice pages

Lessons learnt collecting, storing and spreading seed

Tips from past experience in the methods of collecting and spreading wildflower meadow seed. Topics covered are brush harvesting, hand collection, storing the seed and methods of spreading.

Lessons learnt sowing seed

An advice note about ground preparation and three different methods of sowing seed including hand-sowing, using a seed fiddle and a culti-pack seeder.

Restoration using seed mixtures

Detailed guidance on restoring or creating a species rich grassland using seed mixtures. Advice includes Site selection, ground preparation, sourcing the seed, seed application method and post restoration/creation management. Also includes a timeline diagram/chart.

Restoring species-rich grassland using brush-harvested seed

Detailed guidance on restoring or creating a species rich grassland using brush harvested seed method. Includes methodology for site preparation, harvesting and transferring seed plus a timeline chart for guidance.

Seed sources TIN038

Wildflower and grass seed is used widely in agri-environment schemes for enhancing existing species-poor grassland or for creating new species-rich grassland, field margins and beetle banks. This note provides guidance on how to select the most appropriate source for specific sites and situations.