January 25, 2022
Catriona Bass has been farming Long Mead for twenty years, which includes a 10ha species-rich floodplain meadow. During this time, she has been restoring and creating habitat, managing it for wildlife, monitoring changes, and running educational and carefarming visits. Since 2009, she has been involved in habitat creation at other sites, using green hay from Long Mead Local Wildlife Site and propagating its seed by hand as part of Long Mead carefarming programme. She is also a writer and has been consultant for a number of NGOs.
Emeritus professor Kevan Martin has co-founded two interdisciplinary neuroscience institutes, one at Oxford University and the other a joint institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the University of Zurich. Since returning to Oxford in 2018, he and Catriona Bass have initiated the Thames Valley Wildflower Restoration Project (TVWMRP) to restore and study floodplain meadows from Long Mead to Oxford and the Nature Recovery Network, a placed-based network of people in the parishes around Long Mead at Swinford
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