Hay-raking on Broad Meadow, Tamworth, August 2012

Broad Meadow is a Site of Biological Importance in Tamworth, situated on an island enclosed by the River Tame and the flood relief channel. It is the site of a colony of rare snake's head fritillary flowers, but the flowers can only continue to flourish each year if regular practical conservation management work is carried out in the form of an annual hay cut.

With the help of a mechanical Allen scythe, we managed to cut and rake the whole area although it was hard work, particularly on such a hot day.  During the break there were cakes to celebrate Margaret and Stuart's birthdays.

Hopefully our efforts will be rewarded with another display of fritillaries next year.

Allen scythe
The overgrown meadow at the start of the day Victor with the Allen scythe
Cleared section of meadow

Cleared section of meadow

Wayne multi-tasking

Clearing the final strip Fritllaries (Photo: John Bates)

Clearing the final strip

Snakes head fritillaries on Broad Meadow, April 2012
Group picture on the cleared meadow

Snakes head fritillary display, April 2012 (BCV)

More information about Broad Meadow (Staffordshire Wildlife Trust)