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Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation

edited by Hadrian Cook, Tom Williamson

Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation
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This book brings to public attention some of the most evocative and threatened features of the landscape of southern England. Water meadows work with nature to improve agricultural productivity, whilst providing rock habitats for wildlife such as water voles, waders and grass snakes. They are areas of low-lying grassland which are regularly 'drowned' - artificially irrigated - at certain times of the year, to stimulate the early growth of grass in the spring.

Only a few remain in operation today, though they played a crucial role in Britain's past farming economy. Leading archaeologists and ecologists, together with one of the last practising 'drowners', explore how old water meadows are, how they work, why they matter and their potential for the future.


  • ISBN: 9781905119127
  • Editor(s): Hadrian Cook, Tom Williamson
  • Stock Code: 5119127
  • Format: Paperback
  • Illustrations: Colour illustrations, Black & white illustrations
  • Pages: 151
  • Published: 2007
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