Rough Grass Meadows and Spindle Spinney

Habitat of two areas of tussock grass; encourages ground-dwellers and burrowers.

These two rough grass meadows are of differing pH values. The coarse, tussocky grass feeds seed-eaters in late Summer, and allows small animals to push about at ground level under cover.

The mowing regime is once per year, in Winter, with a cut height of no less than four to five inches above ground level.

A purpose-built heap of dead vegetation, carefully selected to give maximum benefit to all its inhabitants has been introduced into one corner and concrete slabs have been hidden under the grass. These provide hibernation and dwelling places for a wide variety of burrowers and ground-dwellers, and heat to attract grass snakes to lay their eggs.

Plants and animals found in the meadows