Contact us

Meadow Farm
Thame Road
Blackthorn
Bicester
OX25 1TW

01869 245864

meadowfarm@bbowt.org.uk
 

Meet the Team

Cathie Hasler                                                                                

Upper Ray Living Landscape Manager

I oversee the Meadow Farm project, keeping us all on track (and budget!). I am also involved in our wider work in the Upper Ray Living Landscape, working with landowners in the area. I hope to see some of you at our Meadow Farm events this year ! 

 

Andy Collins                                                                                     

Upper Ray Warden

I am responsible for the management of all our Upper Ray Reserves, working with volunteers and local graziers to manage our important grasslands, haymeadows and wetlands. If you fancy getting your hands dirty and becoming part of the team contact me! andycollins@bbowt.org.uk

 

Rachel Strachan                                                                           

Upper Ray Community & Education Officer

My role is to help people of all ages connect with their local natural environment. I organise sessions for families, schools and community groups. If you’d like to get involved or find out more about our events please get in touch. rachelstrachan@bbowt.org.uk

 

 

Meadow Farm

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Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Meadow Farm (Colin Williams)Meadow Farm (Colin Williams)

A remarkable suite of medieval meadows – untouched by modern farming and full of wildlife.

Thousands of people donated to our public appeal in July 2013 - raising over £270,000. Read more.

Meadow Farm is a relic of ancient ridge and furrow farming techniques, abundant in the wild flowers we once took for granted.

Thanks to the amazing response of our supporters, BBOWT raised enough funds to buy this fantastic Local Wildlife Site in 2014. 

Situated within the Upper River Ray Living Landscape, Meadow Farm is a 28-hectare site by the River Ray on the Oxon-Bucks border, surrounded by wide blackthorn hedges and home to whitethroats and yellowhammers.

A substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has allowed us to start an exciting 3-year conservation and community engagement project.

 

Why is Meadow Farm so important?

Meadows are among the most diverse habitats in the British Isles and are important for many species of insect, bird and mammal. Sadly, the swathes of stunning wild flowers, an iconic part of our local landscape, are becoming far less familiar. A shocking 97% of our colourful and varied lowland wildflower meadows in the UK have been destroyed in the last 75 years.

 

Meadow Farm has never been deep ploughed and as a result rare wildflowers are thriving, including local rarity true fox sedge and tubular water-dropwort. These, along with other species indicative of this rare type of floodplain meadow, such as great burnet, meadow foxtail, crested dogs-tail and knapweed, put on a spectacular show of colour in the summer months.

 

We are already working with landowners in the area, restoring and creating similar meadows with seed harvested from our wildflower meadows. These landscape-scale efforts create more of this wonderful habitat, enabling declining birds such as the curlew to spread into these new meadows.

 

Landscape Historian Deborah Hayter explains the history of ridge and furrow:

 

Get involved

Meadow Farm is open to the public for events and booked groups.

  • Come to an event   We have an exciting and varied event programme this year, so plenty of opportunity to come and see Meadow Farm for yourself. These include guided walks, family events and a special Open Meadows weekend for you to explore the meadows at your own pace. Find out more on our What's On pages.

  • School Visits   Bring your class to this historic landscape where children can discover the beautiful wild flowers, butterflies and birds through a range of interactive programmes. Contact our Education Officer, Rachel Strachan for programme details rachelstrachan@bbowt.org.uk             

  • Nature Tots   Join us with your pre-school little ones for nature discovery, games, craft, fun and exploration. Held April - September. See our What's On pages for more details.
  • Community groups   Part of a group? Why not arrange a guided visit to Meadow Farm? Available between April and end of June this year. We can also come to you, offering talks for your indoor meetings about our work at Meadow Farm and the wider Upper Ray Living Landscape. Contact us to find out more.

 

 

What can I do to help?

  • We are only able to manage our land with your ongoing support. Please join today for just £5 a month and help us save precious other wildflower meadows like Meadow Farm
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A-Z of Wildlife

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Name: Brown Hairstreak

Scientific name: Thecla betulae

Category: Butterflies and moths

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