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Title:Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation
Originator:Cook, H. & Williamson, T. (eds.)
Summary:'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 rich 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 Britains past farming economy. Their archaeological remains can be found all over southern England, with Hampshire and Wiltshire having perhaps the best surviving examples. In this book leading archaeologists and scientists - together with one of the last practising 'drowners' - explore the ecology and history of water meadows. They ask when and where the art of floating originated, and explain its hydrology. They also investigate water meadows conservation status and potential for the future'. (Oxbow)

Associated Monuments (21)

MDV103275Catch Meadow North and East of Preston Farm (Monument)
MDV103272Catch Meadow South of Higher Week Farm (Monument)
MDV103291Catch Meadow South of Kentisbury Mill (Monument)
MDV103283Catch Meadow South West of Coulsworthy Farm (Monument)
MDV103284Catch Meadow South West of Coulsworthy Farm (Monument)
MDV103273Catch Meadow South-East of Higher Week Farm (Monument)
MDV103274Catch Meadow West of Higher Week Farm (Monument)
MDV102398Possible field gutter of a simple water meadow system south-west of Clovelly (Monument)
MDV102425Possible water meadow north-east of Clovelly Dykes (Monument)
MDV103150Water Meadow at Ettiford Farm (Monument)
MDV103420Water Meadow East of Coulscott Farm (Monument)
MDV103421Water Meadow East of Westleigh Farm (Monument)
MDV103395Water Meadow North of Hill Barton Farm (Monument)
MDV103394Water Meadow North of Hill Barton Farm (Monument)
MDV103409Water Meadow North of Hodges Wood (Monument)
MDV103075Water meadow north of Woolscott Barton (Monument)
MDV103176Water Meadow South of Keypitts (Monument)
MDV103422Water Meadow South of Nutcombe Farm, Combe Martin (Monument)
MDV103423Water Meadow South of Truckham Farm (Monument)
MDV103414Water Meadow West of Jevington (Monument)
MDV103415Water Meadow West of Rectory Wood (Monument)