We are building up a local network of organisations and individuals with skills and services to help those members who would like help managing their grasslands and boundaries, from graziers who can loan livestock for conservation grazing, to contractors who can lay hedges, build dry stone walls and install stock fencing. In addition are people who can offer botanical surveys and management plans if you so desire.
Arrangements need to be made directly with the contractor. You will appreciate that Moor Meadows cannot take responsibility for any work carried out.
Cutting and Baling
Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, South Brent and Princetown areas – mini or large bales
Cut, turn and baling services. Landowner can keep the bales or we can take the bales.
Contact Lee Bright on 07432 680340
Chagford area – small or large bales
Cut, turn and baling services
01647 433382 or 07788 745708
South Brent – small and large bales
We can cut, turn and bale up to 6 miles by road if the landowner keeps the bales
Cut, turn and bale up to 4 miles by road if we take the bales
Mob: 07505 675504 & 0752 777 5296
Devon Wildlife Consultants
Provides a wide range of ecological services. A professional ecologist will visit your site and provide you with a botanical survey and a management plan. The cost is flexible depending on the level of advice required, but expect £30 per hour or £225 per day for non-development work. DWC gift aids its profits to support the Wildlife Trust’s charitable work. It works with a wide range of clients including community groups and private individuals.
For further information contact Li-Li Williams on 01392 455930 or email@example.com
Hannah Gibbons, Ecologist, botanical & habitat surveys, plant ID
Hannah Gibbons is an ecologist and has been working in the conservation sector for 16 years and for the majority of that time has been working for charities (such as DWT and RSPB) carrying out botanical and habitat surveys. Since 2011 she has been running training courses on plant identification and has run several workshops for Moor Meadows. Hannah has been involved in grassland restoration / creation works through green hay / seed application since 2016 and has carried out annual monitoring surveys of restored sites in North Devon for DWT. She has assisted with Mid Tier and Higher Tier applications in the past and when working for DBRC surveyed a huge number of County Wildlife Sites. In 2015 she was awarded Field Identification Skills Certificate (FISC) Level 6 (‘Excellent ID skills’).
You can contact Hannah on 07889 800922 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mel Roach has accreditation from the Botanical Society for vascular plant surveys (Field Identification Skills Certificate Level 4) and is open to undertaking grass and plant surveys.
Phone 0752 313 2969 or email@example.com for more details.
Meadow restoration and creation consultant, Sue Everett, is an ecologist specialising in wildlife habitat restoration, especially restoring and creating wildflower grasslands at the large and small scales, conservation site management and farm environment planning.
Contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07779 204015.
Autumn/winter sheep grazing – Manaton and beyond
We are currently looking for autumn/winter sheep grazing 2018/19 and any future grazing opportunities that may arise. Based in Manaton but can travel across the moor.
Call Kieron on 01647 221476.
Grazing with Shetland and Jacob sheep
As well as keeping bees which Peter is happy to put on members land to assist with pollination of your wildflower meadows, he also has a small flock of very tame Shetland and Jacob sheep which he keeps for wool. These could be loaned out to Moor Meadows members at no cost.
Peter Hunt can be contacted on 01647440322 or email email@example.com
Winter grazing with Dexter cattle – Aish area
We have a small herd of Dexter cattle available for winter grazing anywhere within a 10 mile radius of Aish (Coordinates E 269476N 060701 Grid ref SX 694 607). Nearest postcode TQ10 9JQ. We can provide fencing and water solutions. It’s all free in the name of conservation. More information at fb.me/CowsinClover or send us a message at m.me/CowsinClover. Or email Desley White at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hedge Trimming Services
Contact Mike Northway. Email Mikenorthway69@icloud.com or call 01647 433382 or 07788 745708
Hedge laying, planting, small tree work, coppicing and habitat management
Stuart can help you with hedge laying, planting, small tree work, coppicing and habitat management. Contact him on 07968 451730 or by email at email@example.com.
Traditional Rural Skills
Dry stone walling, fencing, pond making, flail mowing.
Call Chris Bond on 07748 037780
Dry stone waller, hedge layer and wildlife pond creator
Kieran Fitzgerald at Bushwhackers in Manaton has a swing shovel for larger jobs and is an excellent dry stone waller, hedge layer and has created a wildlife pond for one member. He does quite a lot of work for Devon Wildlife and the Park and is well used to complying with grant assisted projects where necessary.
Kieran can be contacted on 01647 221476 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meadow creator & scything
I would be better suited to people of smaller plots. I am a gardener of relevance to Moor Meadows. I am a scyther and I am based in Totnes. If people were looking for help in establishing and maintaining a meadow I can help them with that.
Scything, Hedges, walls, banks, fences, hurdles.
Contact Jeremy Weiss on 07962 432317 or email@example.com
Ross is a craft hedgelayer for Dartmoor and South and West Devon.
Call 01822 890332.
Woodland Design, Creation and Grant Applications/Orchard Establishment
Doug Lane has many years experience in wildlife habitat creation and sustainable land management.
For a site consultation call Doug on 07854 098 004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildlife Habitat Creation
Farm Conservation Adviser
Sally Hope Johnson is a farm conservation adviser with over 20 years experience and lives and works out of South Brent. She is a member of the Moor meadow group. Her core work is in environmental grant schemes with general farming and conservation advice.
The Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship scheme has just open for applications this year (2020) and she will be busy helping farmers and landowners apply for the scheme over the next few months. She is happy to advise any landowners (big or small) on environmental schemes or general habitat and species management.
Sally can be contacted on 07980 732675
Wildflower Meadow Establishment/Wildlife Habitat Creation/Edible Landscaping
Doug Lane has many years experience in sustainable land management.
For a site consultation call Doug on 07854 098004 or email email@example.com
Advice on Bees and Drones for aerial photography
Phil is always happy to give help and advice to people who have bee questions, whether honeybee or otherwise, whether it’s a swarm in the chimney or a tree, or a question of identification, or the location of hives, etc.
He also has a couple of decent drones (or quadcopters, as they are more properly known) with decent 4K cameras for aerial photography, and would be happy to take some meadow footage this year (2020). He can’t legally charge for this, but can accept donations for Friends of the Bees.
Phil Chandler can be contacted on 07891 554 012 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
John is a Dartmoor-based naturalist. You may have seen him on Springwatch or Hugh’s Wild West or many other nature programmes. John can carry out an ecological survey for you, looking for butterflies, moths, crickets, beetles and flies. He will follow up with a list of what he’s found so you have a snapshot record of the life in your meadow.
To book John for a summer survey (May-June), email email@example.com
Wide range of Wildlife Surveys
Kari offers a wide range of survey types, including bat, badger, dormouse and botanical surveys, for both planning and biodiversity enhancement. She has 10 years practical conservation management and tutoring experience, in addition to her ecology skills. She is also a public speaker and gives talks on bat/dormouse ecology and habitat management and bat/dormouse rescue and rehabilitation. Kari also runs courses on hedgelaying and tree planting days on request. Her website is www.wildlifesurveying.co.uk.
Kari’s bat and dormouse rescue is www.middevonbatrescue.
Kari Bettoney BSc (Hons) ACIEEM
Principal Ecologist | Wildlife Surveying (SW)
phone: 07762 051481
More Resources help and information
Catch up on your reading when the British weather means you can't be out in the meadow!
Links to a wide range of interesting, useful and informative websites and online resources
Links to organisations providing useful courses and workshops
Online videos of talks recorded at Moor Meadows events
Online audio podcasts related to meadows
Organisations and companies supplying seeds for meadow creation
Suppliers of useful tools and equipment
Links to other meadows groups around the country