This talk was orginally published as part of the Denbigh School STEM Lecture Series 2021. In this video PhD student, Vicky Bowskill, talks about the science of meadows, including: What meadows are and why they are important for both nature and farming; How the things we do to manage our meadows can affect the lifeContinue reading “Talk: Hay Days, meadow science for biodiversity and agriculture”
This article was originally posted on the Agricology website. Read the full article here. A healthy floodplain meadow in June is a spectacular sight, teeming with life in every hue. So, it may seem odd that this is also the time farmers choose to mow it all down for hay. But they’ve been doing thisContinue reading “How hay makes meadows”
“Plants know how to make food and medicine from light and water, and then they give it away.” Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass As the remembered beauty of summer meadows fades under the autumn leaves, we can we still enjoy our connection with that fleeting riot of photosynthetic joy. Hay has been the way we’veContinue reading “Edible Meadows: flavours from the floodplain”
PhD researcher, Vicky Bowskill, explains how meadow flowers are able to thrive, despite being mown for hay every summer. Further reading: Video: Yarnton and the importance of haymakingwww.floodplainmeadows.org.ukHaymaking is critical to our heritage hay meadows, but is later really better? Transcript This is a floodplain meadow. It’s mid-July and you can see that the swardContinue reading “Video: How hay makes meadows”
This week marks the end of my first year as a PhD student, my first year in Milton Keynes, my first field season and a number of other personal milestones, all set against the backdrop of a global pandemic. What a ride!
This video was filmed during data collection in June and July 2020. PhD student, Vicky Bowskill, demonstrates how she is sampling floodplain meadow hay to investigate the way nutritional content changes, depending on when it is harvested. This can help land managers to maintain healthy meadows, whilst also providing a balanced diet for pasture-fed livestock.Continue reading “Video: The Art of Hay Sampling”
This video was recorded shortly before National Meadows Day on 04 July 2020. Meadows are a fantastic place to see an abundance of wildlife, but they’re not as wild as you might think; they’re an ancient part of our agricultural landscape that has evolved from the need to produce hay to feed to livestock. But,Continue reading “Video: Yarnton Mead and the importance of haymaking”
This article appeared on the FAI Farm blog in August 2020. Read the original article here. Meadows are a fantastic place to see an abundance of wildlife, but they’re not as wild as you might think; they’re an ancient part of our agricultural landscape that has evolved from the need to produce hay to feedContinue reading “Floodplain meadows are not as wild as you might think”
This article was posted on the Open University News page for National Meadows Day on 04 July 2020. Read the original article here. As the haymaking season begins, an OU PhD student is researching the importance of getting the timing of hay cutting right. Vicky Bowskill, a PhD student in the OU’s Faculty of Science,Continue reading “Make meadow hay while the sun shines, but when?”
This poster was created for the Open University 2020 poster competition. It can be downloaded in via Open Research Online. References French, K. E. (2017). Species composition determines forage quality and medicinal value of high diversity grasslands in lowland England. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 241, 193–204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2017.03.012 French, K. E., Harvey, J., & McCullagh, J.Continue reading “Hay Days project poster”
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