Celebrate meadow month at Fell Foot during July
To celebrate National Meadow Day in July, we're having not just one day but a whole month of activities.
Throughout July, visitors to Fell Foot can immerse themselves in the joys of hay meadows on the shore of Lake Windermere.
Meadow Month Willow Trail - Throughout July
Celebrate meadow month at Fell Foot with a big-themed willow trail and big bags galore!
National Meadow Day Bio-Blitz - Saturday 7 July
Help our ranger team survey the wildlife in the wildflower meadow on our family-friendly bio-blitz.
" We are so proud of our beautiful meadow. It is a huge conservation success story, bringing together volunteers from all walks of life to redevelop the once bland grassland into the splash of colour it is today. Time spent in the meadow revitalises you as you are immersed in the smell of the flowers and plug into the orchestra of the insects and birds that live there, it’s what summers are all about! "
Why are meadows important?
They are a valuable ecological resource, and support such a range of species such as hay rattle, yellow rattle, clover, buttercups, insects, small mammals, barn owls and corncrakes.
There has been a 97 percent loss of hay meadows over the last fifty years.
The traditional practice of making hay means leaving the grass through the summer and cutting the grass later, which allows the rarer flower species to flower, thanks to pollination from bees, and then seed.
We've created a new meadow at Fell Foot recently.
Here at Fell Foot hundreds of volunteers over two years have planted 12,000 plug plants to turn the high production agricultural grassland with very few species of plants, into a rich wild flower meadow. Our meadow is now buzzing with insects and busy with swooping birds. Our tenant farmer has provided sheep to graze ensuring nutrients are kept low and reducing the density of the grasses that would otherwise smother our beautiful flowers.