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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Hedge laying and training
Steven McCulloch has been a professional hedge layer since 2005 and competing in hedge laying matches since 2011. Starting in the intermediate classes he quickly progressed to the Open (the highest class). He is 2 times National Champion (Devon class), Cotley Hunt Champion, Devon Rural Skills Champion, and also 2 times Wrington & Burrington Open Champion (North Somerset style) and now competing in the Champions Class.
He has expertise in 3 different hedge laying styles and will advise on the most suitable style for the type of hedge and your needs. All of his work will satisfy the requirements of the hedge laying schemes from Natural England. Steven can also offer a consultation service for hedge laying grants, identifying suitability of hedges and the best hedge laying grant elements that can be applied for. He is also a qualified trainer.
Steven can be contacted on 07800710599 or visit his website www.devonhedgelayer.co.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross is a craft hedgelayer for Dartmoor and South and West Devon.
Call 01822 890332.
The Hillyfield Woodland farm – Tree Surgeon & woodland management advice
The Hillyfield woodland farm on Dartmoor
All things Wood! (& some lovely meadows too)
Home-grown Timber – mobile sawmill – Firewood – Tree-work (qualified tree surgeon / pruning) – Woodland management advice and service – All manner of wooden creations – Volunteer opportunities – Woodland events.
We are an environmentally sensitive woodland management project on Dartmoor engaged in all aspects of wood-work from woodland management to making timber framed building (and everything in between).
In 2018 we were awarded the Dartmoor Society Award, and Silver at the Excellence in Forestry Awards held by the Royal Forestry Society.
If you want help with managing your woods, or want something made from beautiful and durable home-grown Dartmoor timber milled in the woods, and created in our woodland workshop then please get in touch.
Website http://www.thehillyfield.co.uk Facebook Page is @thehillyfieldwoodlandfarm
Contact Doug on tel: 07976589927
Tree surgeon – Tom Oxton
Tom’s work includes all aspects of tree surgery, woodland management, scrub clearance and strimming work. He also has access to a tractor with a topper and or flail.
Contact Tom on 07827 705062
Tree Surgeons & Woodland Managament
As well as carrying out Arboriculture we also specialise in Woodland management for conservation. We provide woodland management plans which focus on enhancing biodiversity and creating habitats (not for commercial timber sales/ forestry). We also offer Arboricultural Consultancy services for risk management and condition of trees. We carry out decay assessments using specialist equipment and can also advise or carry out soil remediation to trees which are under stress.
Contact Aran Kimberlee – BSc (Hons) Arboriculture, M Arbor A, PTI
Professional Tree Contracting and Consultancy
Telephone: 01364 72804
Mobile: 07594 680168
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Links to organisations providing useful courses and workshops
Online videos of some of our talks and workshops
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
Organisations and companies supplying seeds for meadow creation
Suppliers of useful tools and equipment
Links to online PDF files for download
Links to other meadows groups around the country
Online audio podcasts related to meadows