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Now is the time to see one of Scotland’s Coronation Meadows at its finest.
The Samhairidh meadow (pronounced Savary, translated as "sorrel pasture") at Lochaline South Forest, Lochaber, is in full bloom and offers a rare opportunity to experience a type of habitat that is under threat across the UK.
The Coronation Meadows are the result of an initiative of HRH The Prince of Wales, to mark the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation by selecting a flagship wildflower meadow in every county in Britain.
Flagged as outstanding examples of flower-rich grasslands, which have been largely lost from our landscape due to agricultural improvement, Coronation Meadows support wildlife and are home to stunning arrays of wild flowers – orchids, meadowsweet, buttercups and oxeye daisies.
These precious meadows are preserved using traditional agricultural methods such as hay cutting and/or low input grazing regimes using traditional breeds of livestock.
Jeff Waddell, Open Habitats Ecologist with Forestry Commission Scotland, said;
“Summer is the best time for people to visit this wonderful meadow and experience one of our most beautiful and threatened habitats – a real treat for the senses.
“The fact that this meadow has been cited as a Coronation Meadow is a great testament to the all the hard work done by our local conservation team in managing the site and helping it to thrive.
“It’s a great accolade for us to be involved in this high profile conservation project, backed by Plantlife, the Wildlife Trusts and HRH the Prince of Wales!”
As part of the ongoing project, seed will be gathered from Samhairidh for use in restoring or recreating new meadows in the area.
For more information about Coronation Meadows visit www.coronationmeadows.org.uk
Notes to Editors
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. The attached images show Oxeye Daisy (006) in unimproved lowland meadow habitat the second is Northern Marsh Orchid (018) in unimproved Purple Moor-grass and Rush Pasture habitat.