For hundreds of years, floodplain meadows have been an integral part of Britain’s natural landscape. At one time they were a cherished resource, managed and shared by the community, today they are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and provide beautiful places to walk and explore nature. Sadly, during the 20th century Britain lost 97% of its flower-rich meadows and now the total land area of floodplain meadow remaining is the size of London’s smallest Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Our Solution – The Floodplain Meadows Partnership
In 2006, the Floodplain Meadows Partnership, led by academics from The Open University, began a ground-breaking project to conserve floodplain meadows. In the intervening years they have made a great deal of progress and the Partnership is recognised as a leading conservation project. They have visited sites, advised landowners and site managers, and shared their expertise to ensure that meadows are maintained, restored and preserved from damage.
These habitats are valued for their ability to store and cleanse flood waters, store carbon and trap nutrients and sediments. Without the correct management they cannot deliver their benefits to society and their complex, fragile ecological systems are under threat. More work is needed to stop these precious habitats from being lost.
How your support can make a difference
With your support the Floodplain Meadows Partnership can continue their work and ensure that these unique habitats are retained and managed to make the most of their potential. The specific expertise that the team possess is critical to preserving the meadows and the hundreds of species that live and flourish within them.