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On warm sunny days, meadows are a tranquil riot of noise, colour and smells, with hundreds of insects and birds buzzing, humming and chirruping amongst the wildflowers. Iridescent green beetles, spring-loaded grasshoppers and the delicate scent of buttercups and cuckoo flowers – our meadows are truly marvellous!

However, our meadows are under threat.                         

Changes in farming practices and a lack of awareness around the importance of grasslands has resulted in the loss of 99% of our region’s important habitat, in just 60 years. Not surprisingly, many grassland specialist pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths are also in rapid decline. Insect-feeding small mammals and birds such as yellow wagtail, lapwing and skylark have all been impacted by the losses.

Our work

We are working hard at Cheshire Wildlife Trust to promote a better understanding of these issues and to bring back the marvellous meadows that were once commonplace in our countryside.

Read about the work we are doing to conserve meadows in our region at Swettenham and Bickley Hall Farm.

Take action!

You can Save Our Marvellous Meadows by donating to our appeal today, supporting Cheshire Wildlife Trust including the conservation of our region’s wonderful meadow habitat.

Find out other activities you and your family can do to support meadow wildlife in your area.

Meadow appeal