Celebrate National Meadows Day at Langley Mead
Come and celebrate National Meadows Day at Langley Mead nature reserve in Shinfield on Saturday 2 July.
National Meadows Day is an annual celebration of the beautiful wildflower meadows found throughout the UK. An open event is being held at Langley Mead, which is owned and managed by the University of Reading, between 10am and 4pm.
Visitors will get the chance to learn more about the restoration of the reserve, which is open to the public throughout the year, to a traditional floodplain meadow.
Langley Mead is 18 hectares of countryside along the banks of the River Loddon, with a series of walking loops, wildlife habitats and areas of natural beauty. It is part of an ongoing project aimed at restoring agricultural land back into habitats for wildlife and plants.
Working closely with ecological planning consultancy, EPR Ltd, the University has used traditional management practices such as creating wildflower meadows, planting hedgerows and creating wetland features to successfully encourage greater biodiversity and environmental conservation.
Parts of the land are seasonally grazed by traditional cattle and a series of bird and bat boxes have been installed – including one for the resident barn owls.
Professor Mark Fellowes, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Reading and ecologist, said: “Once again, we are inviting the local community to come and celebrate National Meadows Day with us at the beautiful Langley Mead nature reserve in Shinfield.
“The University is proud to offer this green space for everyone to enjoy throughout the year, giving people the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Traditional management practices have allowed plants and wildlife to flourish, and the success of the site speaks for itself with botanical recording continuing to find new species, including Common Spotted Orchid for the first time this year.”
Visitors will have the chance to attend a series of three guided walks over the course of the day. There will also be a stall with information and self-guided walks of the open space, with wildlife spotter sheets for keen-eyed children (and adults!).
10am – Meet our Bovine Buddies (family-friendly)
1pm – Wild about Flora & Fauna
3pm – The Langley Mead Extension
No need to book ahead.
Langley Mead is located off the B3349 Hyde End Road, south of the village of Shinfield and to the East of Spencers Wood.
Find out more about Langley Mead.