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New GAP and Flora Locale Workshops for 2010

News Date: 09.02.2010

Flora locale with the Grazing Advice Partnership Training Programme 2010

The Flora locale training programme is created for people involved in the design, management and restoration of landscapes for biodiversity, whether on a farm, smallholding, village green or city park. Each event is led by an individual with practical experience and provides an informal opportunity for participants to learn from an expert and each other. For further details of individual events see www.floralocale.org.

Ponies, wildflowers and wonderful landscapes (Ref SE4).

Thursday 29 July, mid Kent.
Facilitators: Frances Clayton and David Burton.
This workshop will look at pony-grazing systems that maintain and restore wildlife rich habitats. Practical techniques that take into account the demands of equine management and landscape and wildlife enhancement will be covered. The workshop will review the use of volunteer pony checkers to support pony grazing on wildlife sites. We will also look at issues and solutions at an equine establishment which has developed innovative approaches to conservation grazing with ponies. In association with the Grazing Advice Partnership.

Grazing with carbon and wildlife in mind (Ref N3).

Wednesday 22 September, Ingleborough Cumbria.
Facilitator: Bill Grayson.
This workshop will look at an innovative approach for grazing high environmental value land which takes account of the positive contribution grazing animals can make to climate change mitigation. The system involves the use of winter foggage to rear traditional single suckler beef animals while maintaining herb rich limestone grassland. The workshop will be of particular interest to hill farmers entering Higher Level Scheme agreements and their advisers. There will be a site visit to Ingleborough National Nature Reserve followed by an indoor session, covering the principles of this approach and how it can be applied on hill farms with extensive cattle enterprises. In association with the Grazing Advice Partnership.

Pigs for land management (Ref M2).

Wednesday 6 October, 10.30am until 3.30pm, Bewdley, Worcestershire
Facilitator: Mark Cleaver, Grazing Advice Partnership.
Pigs can be very effective managers of bracken and other undesirable vegetation. This participative workshop will look at pigs in action and will touch on the wide ranging set of land management initiatives that are being developed to maintain and restore traditional landscapes in the Wyre Forest. We will also hear from some leading practitioners about pig projects on land of high environmental value across Britain. Discussion of the key issues and solutions concerning the use of pigs for land management. In association with the Grazing Advice Partnership. 

Community farming and landscape restoration (Ref SW6).

Wednesday 10 November, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Facilitator: David Burton, Director, River Bourne Community Farm.
This workshop will take a look at the recent history of community farming in southern England and review the key challenges and possible solutions for community farming in both rural and urban situations. The day will involve a field visit to view chalk stream, water meadow and chalk downland habitats in and around River Bourne Community Farm* that are being managed with the help of community supported agriculture. Delegates will have an opportunity to share their own experiences during a facilitated discussion session.

Wild Meadows: Managing and restoring wild flower grasslands in Wales

FREE EVENTS supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Please book at least 10 days in advance by emailing info@floralocale.org or calling 01672 515723.

Managing paddocks for ponies and biodiversity (Ref W2).

Thursday 20 May, Rhondda Cynon Taf Wales.
Facilitators: Frances Clayton with Charles Morgan and Richard Smith.
An opportunity for horse and pony owners to learn how they can manage horse pasture more effectively to benefit their animals and, at the same time, improve their land for wildlife and the landscape. This event will also look at animal health issues and techniques available to improve the species diversity of pasture.