NY8451 : Upland hay meadow north of Broad Gate Farm

taken 3 months ago, near to Sinderhope, Northumberland, Great Britain

Upland hay meadow north of Broad Gate Farm
Upland hay meadow north of Broad Gate Farm
The farmer told me that this quite small field (around 2 acres) is one of several of his that are included in Natural England's "Environmental Stewardship" scheme. Accordingly, no artificial fertilisers are put on the land. Also, grazing is not allowed for some months before, and of course during, the flowering season for the wild flowers and grasses; and there is a (quite low) upper limit to the number of grazing animals allowed at other times (based on the acreage).

This field is slightly unusual in having so many daisies as well as the buttercups. The farmer also told me that the very dry conditions in the whole of April and the first part of May had held back the growth of the grass. So although both grass and flowers are growing now, with there having recently been some rain, the flowers have grown through the short grass and so appear more prominent than usual.

There is another meadow on the far side of the valley below NY8452 : East Garret's Hill Farm (the field to its left is being grazed by cattle).
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Date Taken
Thursday, 1 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 2 June, 2017
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Primary Subject of Photo
Field 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8441 5197 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:51.7361N 2:14.6641W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8430 5181
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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