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Grazing marshes: Friday 28 October 2022

Grazing marshes



Grazing marshes – neither wilderness nor intensive farmland but a fascinating mixture

Tutor: Owen Mountford
Date: Friday 28 October 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £25
Location: Online

Grazing marshes represent one stage in the drainage and exploitation of land that was once a floodplain swamp or mire. Farmers and engineers installed ditches and windpumps, converting the primeval wetland into a chequerboard of meadows and pastures separated by drainage channels. Often flooded in winter and too wet to grow corn, these betwixt and between landscapes developed into a remarkable haven for wildlife. This course will focus on three themes: a) where are the grazing marshes and what is their history?; b) the plants of ditches and wet grassland – often the finest examples of such habitats anywhere in the lowlands; and c) the present and future conservation status of grazing marshes. We will look in particular at the Somerset Levels & Moors, the Romney & Walland Marshes and the Norfolk Broads, but will take examples from throughout England and Wales.


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