Monday 10th April 2017
A statement on the future of Netcott's Meadow and Avon Wildlife Trust's future position over the site
Avon Wildlife Trust manages over 30 nature reserves as well as a number of other sites across our region. We own some of these pieces of land outright, whilst we manage other sites on behalf of landowners on a lease basis. This means we are able to protect and restore much larger areas of landscape and improve it for wildlife.
For the past 30 years, Avon Wildlife Trust has been managing Netcott’s Meadow – between Nailsea and Backwell - through a lease arrangement with the landowner. It is with great regret that from 20th April, we will no longer manage the site as the land has been sold and our lease has accordingly come to an end.
Since the late 1980’s, Avon Wildlife Trust has been caring for the habitats on Netcott’s Meadow to provide healthy homes for a wide variety of wildlife. The site includes wildflower-rich grassland which provides food and shelter for pollinators like bees and butterflies, scrubland loved by birds and mammals, a variety of mature trees, and a pond which hosts frogs, newts and dragonflies and provides water for the range of wildlife that seeks shelter on the meadow.
Over the years, with the help of many committed local volunteers, we have coppiced trees, cleared and improved the pond habitat and arranged annual summer hay cuts to keep the meadow in good condition for the orchids and other wildflowers which occur there in abundance.
In 2015 the Meadow was involved in the national Coronation Meadows project. This project celebrated the value of native wildflowers and aimed to create more wildflower-rich sites across the UK. Seed was donated from high quality locations across the country, and Netcott’s Meadow was one of these donor sites. The quality of the wildflowers really is stunning, and for the past two years (2014 & 2015) hay cut from Netcott’s has been used on a local site at Moor End Spout to improve the diversity of wildflowers there.
Avon Wildlife Trust would like to thank all local volunteers, and the long-standing volunteer warden at Netcott’s Meadow for their commitment to caring for the site over so many years
As Netcott’s Meadow provides such a good example of a species-rich wildflower grassland which has been managed to support diverse wildlife over such a long period, Avon Wildlife Trust is keen and willing to continue to provide on-going advice on protecting and encouraging wildlife, and has offered management support for Netcott’s Meadow.