Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Field Meeting: SK8236 and Muston Meadows NNR/SSSI

Location and Access

The site is 1 km south of Muston village, 3 km south east of Bottesford and 10 km west of Grantham. The Grantham Canal passes the southern boundary of the reserve close to Longore Bridge.

By car, access to the reserve is via minor roads from the A52. The minor road from Muston to Stenwith (1 km to the east) passes near the eastern boundary of the reserve.

Parking: In Muston Village and walk to the start, or in a couple of spaces off Woolsthorpe Lane (SK83093714), marked on the map below, and walk to the start.

Car Sharing: Please use this Doodle poll to arrange.

Meeting Point and Recording Plan

Meet at the entrance to the reserve on the byway to the west (SK82673710) at 11:00 a.m. We will record to the west of the monad first, turn east along the Grantham Canal, then cross Longore Bridge before returning via the meadows, using public footpaths etc. Natural England has kindly given us permission to visit and record in the fields in the NNR/SSI and have asked us to record information according to the fields in the reserve. A map showing the location of these will be available on the day.

It is intended to record from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and then have tea at the Old Forge Tearooms in Muston (open 10 am unto 4 pm), so bring lunch and a drink with you.

Mobile: 0774 548 7766 on the day

Some Notes on Muston Meadows from Natural England's Website

The meadows are remarkably rich in plant life, which includes 33 types of grass and over 100 other species of flowering plant and is notable for its colony of over 10,000 green-winged orchids

The meadows contain a wealth of wildlife, including invertebrates, amphibians and birds. The site supports a variety of insects, including many butterflies and moths. Ponds - originally dug to provide water for grazing animals - are now home to dragonflies, frogs and the rare great-crested newt.

Skylarks and meadow pipits build their nests in the long grass, while yellowhammers, linnets and whitethroats nest in hedgerows.

There are large numbers of small mammals such as bank and field voles, and on summer evenings bats can be seen hunting for insects over the site.

The reserve has recently been extended, and 32ha of former arable land is being reverted back into haymeadow using seed collected from the flower rich meadows of the original reserve.

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