Free Webinar – Reviving our Wildflower Meadows

Free Webinar – Reviving our Wildflower Meadows


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Join us for the next in our series of free online webinars. On 24 February our panel of experts will explore why species-rich wildflower meadows are an important tool for combatting the biodiversity emergency, and how you can create your own mini wildflower meadow.

This winter’s free webinars feature our Graduate School lecturers, Short Course tutors and guest speakers, introducing a wide range of sustainability topics, from habitat management and biodiverse gardening to climate change psychology and a just transition.

Wildflower meadows: why and how

Over 97% of the UK’s species-rich grasslands have been lost over the past 100 years, but there’s a growing movement to create and restore species-rich meadows. In this webinar our panel of experts come together to discuss why species-rich meadows are important, and how you can create your own. 

Be inspired by examples of restored meadows as our Head of Eco Centre, John Challen and our Biodiversity and Natural Resources Manager, Rob Goodsell talk us through how a meadow here at Centre for Alternative Technology was revived. John and Rob will discuss what benefits the meadow creates for biodiversity on site, and how it provides an excellent opportunity to use the natural environment to excite and educate.

We’ll also be joined by our Growing the Future partners, National Botanic Garden of Wales, where Head of Interpretation Bruce Langdridge will explore the wider benefits of wildflower meadows, including flood alleviation, carbon capture and human wellbeing. Bruce will then introduce us to five hay meadows at different stages of reversion on Waun Las National Nature Reserve. He’ll discuss the transformation of these meadows from dull grassdominated pastures to orchid-rich meadows, and how these are now providing wildflower seeds which could help to transform other fields across Wales.

Dr Kevin McGinn, Science Officer for the Growing the Future project based at the National Botanic Garden of Wales will then take us through the practical steps of creating your own meadow. Kevin will offer tips on transforming small spaces like garden lawns, parkland or school playing field edges into species-rich, pollinator friendly wildflower meadows.

 Key information

  • Duration: 1 hour, including talk and Q&A
  • Upcoming dates: Wednesday 24 February 2021
  • Start time: 7.30pm
  • Spaces are limited
  • Booking required (see below)
  • There will be opportunities to ask questions

How it works

  • Webinars are hosted on Zoom and booking a place is required (see below).
  • You can only book one place at a time.
  • Bookings require a functioning email address as the link to access the webinar will be sent there. Only one booking is allowed per email address.
  • You’ll usually receive notifications from us 1 day and 1 hour before the event is scheduled to take place.
  • This notification will include a Zoom webinar link. Simply click shortly before the webinar is due to begin.
  • Do not share your email link with other users. Space on the webinars is limited and each link will only give one user access.
  • If you have any questions please get in touch

Meet the speakers

John Challen

John is the Head of Eco Centre at CAT where he manages our Estates and Engagement teams. He leads on the development of the CAT visitor and guest experience and on shaping the vision for the site’s future development. John graduated from the University of Salford in 1985 with a BSc in Geography and went on to complete a postgraduate qualification in museum curatorship and operation. Before coming to CAT, John spent 30 years working in the museum world, bringing historic sites and technologies alive for visitors. 

Rob Goodsell

Rob is the Biodiversity and Natural Resources Manager at CAT. Rob and the team work to improve the habitat and opportunities for biodiversity on the CAT sites including building a ‘mosaic’ for species to use. Rob’s current projects include restoring a wet woodland and eradicating rhododendron ponticum from the site.

Bruce Langridge

Bruce is the Head of Interpretation at the National Botanic Garden of Wales where he has worked since 2003. His responsibilities include helping to manage Waun Las National Nature Reserve and engaging Botanic Garden visitors with biodiversity conservation issues, especially wildflowers and fungi. A former field botanist with the likes of the Nature Conservancy Council and Greater Manchester Ecology Unit, and museum curator at Gallery Oldham, Bruce has over thirty years’ experience in nature conservation. 

Kevin McGinn

Kevin joined the National Botanic Garden of Wales in early 2018 as Science Officer for the Growing the Future project. In this role, he established and coordinates the National Seed Bank of Wales in the Botanic Garden’s Science Centre and the Saving Pollinators Assurance Scheme for pollinator-friendly plants grown without peat and pesticides. Before joining the Botanic Garden, Kevin worked for two years at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew identifying trees in the living collections. Prior to that, Kevin completed a PhD on the ecology of invasive plants, based in New Zealand.

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You can still watch the webinar live streamed on our main Facebook page. Make sure you click ‘going’ on the event to get a reminder on the night.

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