Meadow Farm

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Ladies bedstraw, dropwort, meadow buttercup, red clover, great burnetMeadow Farm by BBOWT

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

Thousands of people donated to our public appeal in July - 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.

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 fine hedgerows filled with overgrown hawthorn and blackthorn sprawling in every direction and home to whitethroats and yellowhammers.

 

Why is Meadow Farm so important?

This is for the generations to come, our grandchildren and their children.

Keith Thompson
Supporter of Meadow Farm

  • 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 ancient wildflowers have survived, including the local rarity true fox sedge.
  • These meadows hold the key to a great recovery. The quality is such that seed could be harvested here straight away to be used by local landowners to restore their own fields. Supported by agri-environment schemes, some farmers are looking at this as a real alternative to intensive arable cultivation. Meadow Farm could help create more of this wonderful habitat and the birds and insects would spread out to colonise these new meadows too.

Why does BBOWT want Meadow Farm?

Saw wort in bud by Debbie Lewis

  • Although designated as a County Wildlife Site, this provides no real protection. Any new owner could destroy the precious wildflowers through intensive farming or by keeping horses. Any change would drastically alter the plants and other wildlife that survive here safe from the pressures of the modern world.
  • Meadow Farm is ideally located, extending our work in the Upper River Ray Living Landscape and Bernwood Forest project.
  • The house provides a base for staff and volunteers working on these reserves.
  • Otters have been seen along the kilometre of river.

Meadow Farm in the Living Landscape

Meadow Farm Map

What can I do to help?

Meadows are a national treasure.

Richard Wilson
Supporter of Meadow Farm

  • 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 wildflower meadows such as Meadow Farm.

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Photo of Brown Hairstreak

Name: Brown Hairstreak

Scientific name: Thecla betulae

Category: Butterflies and moths

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