Achieving more for nature

Your land

Whether you have a small garden, 10,000 hectares of farmland or you are interested in making the development in your town better for nature there is something in this section for you.

Lowland meadows

Found across all of Greater Lincolnshire lowland meadows include a variety of grasslands including some of those called pasture or wildflower meadows and those that are managed by cutting or grazing. The key features are that they are on neutral soils and have a wide range of flowering plants resulting from low nutrients and continued management. For grasslands on more lime soils see Calcareous grasslands. Acid grasslands are covered more generally in the Nature Strategy.

Lowland meadows are important for wildlife as the vast majority of this habitat has been lost, what remains is particularly important. The plants that make up this habitat and depend on it are often uncommon. Lowland meadows are also important for invertebrates and a wide range of birds. For more on the description of lowland meadows and their status in Greater Lincolnshire see the Farmland and Grassland Nature Strategy page.

Permanent pasture was a common form of lowland meadow in Lincolnshire in the past but lowland meadows can be found outside the agricultural landscape as road verges, in churchyards, cemeteries, parks, and village greens for examples. The most common characteristics these areas share now is that they are small areas at risk of losing their features through changes to management or nutrient inputs. However there are a number of characteristic flowering species that should be relatively recognisable after visits to several sites.

The following are links to good practice on managing lowland meadows for wildlife. Some of these are specifically lowland meadows and some are generic. Lowland meadows can be managed for a variety of species groups and the information, in alphabetical order, below reflects this:

  • Buglife – a webpage describing the habitat, its threats and management techniques to help invertebrates
  • Bumblebee conservation trust - a two page factsheet on wildflower meadows for bees listing management actions for hedges and edges. Also includes a handy summary management table.
  • Bumblebee conservation trust - a two page factsheet on wildflower pastures for bees listing management actions for hedges and edges. Also includes a handy summary management table.
  • Plantlife – a two page factsheet on creating a wildflower meadow aimed primarily at the garden audience but could be used in any small space.