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Celebrating Wildflower Meadows

With the UK losing 97% of wildflower meadows since the Second World War, Invertromie meadows on RSPB Insh Marshes Reserve is a special place. Join Pete, the warden at Insh Marshes on National Meadows day, as he explores the diversity and special characteristics that make these meadows so unique...

Located on the east side of Insh Marshes, Invertromie meadow sits above the floodplain which the area is known for in the south west of the Cairngorms Connect area.  As one of the richest meadows in Badenoch and Strathspey area, it is carefully managed to ensure the best conditions for wildflowers to prosper and survive.  This includes grazing by sheep or ponies from a local tenant farmer in the winter to prevent grasses from taking over and impacting the diversity of the site. 

One plant which stands out are orchids, with 5 different species appearing here in the meadows.  These are the stars of the show, with tens of thousands flowering highlighting the magical characteristics of the area. With their presence here, they provide a haven for the invertebrates the orchids rely on for pollination, like bees, moths and butterflies.

Take a walk with us in this short film to discover the hidden treasures in this unique location as we celebrate National Meadows Day on the 4th July:

 

 

Pete Moore works as Warden on RSPB Insh Marshes caring for this special and unquie habitats and species here. Insh Marshes is part of the Cairngorms Connect area where the partners are working together to provide healthy habitats in this landscape for plants, animals and communities to thrive in for the future.  

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Jul 4, 2020

With the UK losing 97% of wildflower meadows since the Second World War, Invertromie meadows on RSPB Insh Marshes Reserve is a special place. Join Pete, the warden at Insh Marshes on National Meadows day, as he explores the diversity and special characteristics that make these meadows so unique...

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