Over the summer I have been recording the growth on one of the meadows at Bell Sykes near Slaidburn by taking photographs from the same spot every week. This was to help Sarah Robinson, the Forest of Bowland Hay Time Project Officer http://forestofbowland.com/Hay-Time-Project-0. Bell Sykes meadows are part of the Coronation meadows project.
The Coronation Meadows website coronationmeadows.org.uk describe them as
“Bell Sykes Meadows includes six unimproved flower-rich fields. Three of these include grasses such as meadow foxtail and sweet vernal grass along with moisture loving flowers like great burnet and meadowsweet. The upper three fields are home to the characteristic flowers of dry hay meadows in northern England. Meadow crane’s-bill and melancholy thistle grow together with a colourful mix of yellow rattle, eyebrights, pignut, buttercups and lady’s mantle.
Bell Sykes Meadows is one of the last unimproved flower-rich grasslands in this part of Lancashire. This vulnerable habitat has become increasingly scarce and has largely been destroyed in Lancashire through agricultural intensification.”