Big Meadow Search 2021

The Big Meadow Search is project based on the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch, but recording plants instead of birds. It has been developed by Carmarthenshire Meadows Group with the help of the Carmarthenshire county plant recorder and it is open to everyone to take part. You don’t need your own meadow (but do get the landowner’s permission if you are searching on someone else’s land).

Monmouthshire Meadows are supporting the project and we encourage our members to take part. The benefits include adding to the local knowledge of meadows in your area and records to your local biodiversity records centre, not to mention the fresh air and exercise. 

The aim is to search meadows and record the plant species you find using the Big Meadow Search tick list. The event will be running over 2 separate weeks. The first, 30th May to 6th June to coincide with Wales Nature Week, and the second, 3rd to 10th July to include National Meadows Day. You can search in one or the other week or both if you have the time.

The Big Meadow Search tick list is based on the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) lowland grassland species list with additional meadow species added at the end.

The NPMS have a useful colour identification guide accessible as a free online PDF at

www.npms.org.uk/sites/default/files/PDF/NPMS_Id%20guide_WEB_2ndEd.pdf

as well as a two part introduction to lowland grassland at www.npms.org.uk/content/online-training

MMG members who are uncertain of an identification can send in photos to the committee and we will do our best to help.

To take part you will need a copy of Tick List, which is available on request from the organisers at bigmeadowsearch@gmail.com. The list can be printed out for use in the field, then you can enter your results into the Excel file (preferably), or Word file (if it’s easier) so you can email the results back.   

There is a Big Meadow Search 2021 Facebook group where you can add your finds, photos and comments and see what else is being found, and a Twitter account: @bigmeadowsearch.

Carmarthenshire Meadows Group will collate the data and make sure it gets submitted to the relevant local records centres, adding to knowledge about the extent and nature of wildflower grassland in Wales.

If you have any queries about the project please contact bigmeadowsearch@gmail.com or the MMG committee.