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The Importance of Orton Fells in Hay Meadow Conservation

Wild flowers in The Orton Valley

Wild flowers in The Orton Valley

This week we were fortunate to be put in touch with Claire Cornish, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Hay Meadow Ecologist.

In communications with her I learned of the importance of Hay Meadow Conservation within our Orton Fells area and that the Hay Day Project can help farmers, Small-holders and Community groups to play an important part in restoring and conserving traditional hay meadows and that many of us can help the Hay Day Project in return.

We now have a dedicated page on this subject with information about the Hay Day Project and some very attractive images from CWT’s 2009  Hay Meadow photo contest and some stunning images from professional photographer, Rob Grange of Rob Grange Photography in a dedicated slideshow.

Yellow Rattle by Rob Grange

Yellow Rattle by Rob Grange

Rob’s very fine image of Yellow Rattle, aka Cockscomb, Rhinanthus minor, makes a fine vertical banner for the page. Apparently this plant is hemi-parasitic on grass and is useful in traditional hay meadow restoration because it weakens the grasses and allows greater wild flower diversity!

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