Meadow restoration project

​What is the meadow restoration project?

The aim of the project was to restore the field adjacent to the river back to a wildflower meadows as it would have been throughout much of Chester Farms history. The meadow was identified in 2014 as being a good potential site for meadow restoration, being situated in the Nene Valley and close to other reserves and protected wildlife sites.

The field had a good variety of grasses but due to a lack of management had lost the wildflowers that once would have been present. In spring 2015 the ground was prepared, through chain harrowing, opening up the grass sward, into which a native wet meadow wildflower seed was sown using seed fiddlers (traditional hand operated farm equipment). Reverting back to traditional management of hay cuts will allow the wildflowers to flower and once again flourish.

 

Nationally 97% of wildflower meadows were lost through the last century, and the situation is no different in the Nene Valley.

Meadow restoration project

Wildlife

Across the Chester Farm site, you may spot:

  • Grasshoppers and crickets and in the long grass
  • Buzzards and sparrowhawks (and maybe owls at dusk)
  • Grassland butterflies such as meadow browns, whites, skippers and gatekeepers
  • Badgers
  • Birds such as blackcaps, goldfinch and wrens
  • Birds from the nearby gravel pit such as lapwing and swans
  • Kingfishers and terns along the river as well as dragonflies and damselflies

 

The end result will be a gradual colonisation of wildflowers across the site providing a greater variety of colour and plants and attracting a greater range of wildlife.

 

Upper Heyford

Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 11 months ago

Saxon

We have said little about Saxons on site, simply as not much evidence survives. But they were here. Another amazing 3D image by @UniNorthants of the t...

We have said little about Saxons on site, simply as not much evidence survives. But they were here. Another amazing 3D image by @UniNorthants of the t...
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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 11 months ago

Iron Age

We are grateful to students at @UniNorthants who have been volunteering their amazing 3D modelling skills @ChesterFarmNcc. Have a look at the Iron Age...

We are grateful to students at @UniNorthants who have been volunteering their amazing 3D modelling skills @ChesterFarmNcc. Have a look at the Iron Age...
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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 12 months ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

Sorry, the last trench on site last year is the one shown on your right! Mea culpa. https://t.co/75zOkV0FPe

Sorry, the last trench on site last year is the one shown on your right! Mea culpa. https://t.co/75zOkV0FPe
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