Close Sartfield Chosen as Coronation Meadow

Monday 10th June 2013

Orchid meadow at Close Sartfield nature reserveOrchid meadow at Close Sartfield nature reserve

The Trust's Close Sartfield reserve has been selected as the Coronation Meadow for the Isle of Man.

Inspired by Prince Charles to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, the Coronation Meadows Project was set-up following reports of serious declines in many of the UK’s wildflower meadows and their associated species: It has been calculated that these habitats have declined by 97% in the UK since the 1930’s.

The aims of the project are to identify and promote some of the best wildlife-rich meadows across the British Isles. Many of these meadows will be used as ‘donor’ sites to restore other meadows, thus creating a legacy that will continue to restore and rebuild some of the most beautiful and important habitats. 

The wide variety of plants found in wildflower meadows supports a wealth of insects, especially bees and butterflies. Wildflower meadows are dependant for their very existence upon on hay-making and seasonal grazing, as takes place at Close Sartfield.

Tricia Sayle, Reserves Officer for the Manx Wildlife Trust said: “This is a great honour and testament to all the hard work of the Trust’s practical volunteers, and to the local farmers who cut the hay for us and graze their sheep here over the winter. It is also rather fitting that this should occur in the year the Manx Wildlife Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary.”

Nominations for Coronation Meadows were invited and submitted to a panel of judges made up of representatives from The Wildlife Trusts, Plantlife and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust – the partners in the project. The 60 meadows identified so far represent some of the most outstanding wildflower meadows in the UK and beyond. By the end of the year it is hoped there will be over one hundred of these sites.

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Find out more about the Coronation Meadows Project

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