Meadows in the making
Following on from the Green Corridors project, funding has been awarded for an exciting landscape-scale project to create a network of meadow habitat in open spaces in and around St Andrews and Guardbridge for the benefit of people and pollinators.
Led by the University of St Andrews in partnership with St Andrews Botanic Gardens, Fife Council, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and Crail Community Partnership, the project will see a transformational change in land management, increasing biodiversity and sustainability.
Around 8 hectares of closely-mown grassland will be brought into management as meadow habitat. This will allow wildflowers to flourish, and attract a variety of wildlife to this important and threatened habitat including:
- pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies which rely on nectar, pollen and nesting space
- birds such as swallows and goldfinch to feed on insects and seeds
- small mammals such as bats and hedgehogs to forage
- amphibians such as frogs and toads to shelter and find food
The UK has lost 97% of its flower-rich grassland since the 1940s, with a resultant decline of around two thirds of pollinating insects.
Woodland and hedgerows will also be created, even linking St Andrews and Guardbridge with a green corridor. Diversifying our open spaces will create rich, attractive places for people and wildlife to enjoy.
Meadows in the Making will offer lots of opportunity to get involved in practical activities such as hay raking and seed gathering, wildlife surveys and monitoring, events and training.
There will even be a meadow demonstration site at St Andrews Botanic Garden for ideas, inspiration and practical advice.
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A partnership for positive change
The change in management will help reach ambitious net zero and biodiversity targets. It will reduce carbon emmissions and help sequester carbon through the creation of new habitat.
The project links in with Fife Council’s sustainable grassland management plans for the Kingdom, and the University’s aspirations to achieve Net Zero and manage 60% of land for biodiversity by 2035.
This will create a more resilient environment that can better adapt to climate change and offer us a range of important services such as pollination, flood alleviation and pollution filtration.
High quality local green spaces are also important for our health and wellbeing.