Anthills & Meadows talk - 20th Jan

Monday 11th January 2016

Anthill at Randan Meadows (c) Kate ThomasAnthill at Randan Meadows (c) Kate Thomas

The Worcester supporter group of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is hosting a talk about the marvels of Worcestershire’s meadows.

The group, run entirely by volunteers, will meet on Wednesday 20th January to hear local author Gordon Forrest talk about the wildlife found in Worcestershire’s special places. Around one fifth of England’s remaining wildflower-rich meadows are found right in here in our beautiful county.

Poppy Morris, organiser of the event, explained “We can’t wait to hear more about the wonders that are found in some of Worcestershire’s meadows.

“While Gordon’s talk is titled ‘The Anthills of Randan Meadows’ he’ll be talking about much more than these fascinating features.

“Gordon has a long history with Randan Meadows and the area around Chaddesley Corbett as well as with the countryside across Worcestershire – he’s full of knowledge and a really engaging speaker with great photos to show.

“On top of this, because of its very delicate nature, Randan Meadows can only be visited by obtaining a permit from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust – so Gordon’s talk will also provide a fascinating insight into this little-visited hidden gem.”

With a lifelong interest in the natural world and a keen photographer, Gordon Forrest has written and illustrated several books on Worcestershire’s wildlife.

Marvellous Meadows

Common blue (c) Margaret CollinsMeadows are one of Worcestershire’s most important habitats. The UK has lost more than 97% of its lowland meadows since WWII and Worcestershire is home to around 20% of those that remain.

The Worcester group is one of eight supporter groups across Worcestershire that organise walks, talks, events and practical conservation work parties.

Poppy continued “We organise both a programme of monthly indoor meetings from late autumn through to spring and also arrange a series of walks throughout the summer.

“With a great range of speakers and walk leaders, we’re able to discover more about the marvellous range of wildlife we have in Worcestershire and across the UK.

“It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a member of the Wildlife Trust or whether you’ve ever been to one of our meetings before, we’ll be pleased to welcome everyone.”

Admission is just £2.50 and hot drinks and biscuits will be available. The meeting takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th January at Bishop Allenby Hall, St Stephen’s Street, WR3 7HS