Upper Ray Meadows by BBOWT
The Upper River Ray area is one of the last remaining traditional floodplain meadows in England and a stronghold for wading birds.
This patchwork of meadows on the Upper River Ray floodplain holds a small breeding population of locally scarce wading birds, and BBOWT is working hard to encourage them to stay and breed here.
The purchase of Gallows Bridge Farm in December 2007 and Leaches Farm in October 2009 has more than doubled the size of BBOWT's Upper Ray Meadows nature reserve. The acquisition of these meadows at the heart of this low-laying wetland region brings the Trust one step closer to fulfilling its 30-year vision of returning the area to a Living Landscape for the benefit of wildlife and people.
Wildlife and Habitats
The River Ray is one of the best areas in central England for wading birds such as:
The Upper Ray Meadows also has almost 20km of dense hedgerow that are home to birds and butterflies such as:
What BBOWT is doing
As part of the Ray Valley Restoration Project BBOWT and RSPB are:
- working to improve river water quality,
- creating new wetland habitats,
- increasing community involvement in conservation across the River Ray landscape.
The work of BBOWT and the RSPB around the River Ray is already being recognised nationally for spearheading landscape-scale wetland wildlife conservation.