Biddenham Conservation Volunteers

Biddenham Conservation Volunteers

Biddenham Conservation Volunteers is a friendly, informal group working to preserve and improve the natural environment of the Parish.

Our main interest is to support the management of Cowslip Meadow to sustain and enhance the biodiversity of plant and tree species. Tasks include plant and tree surveys, coppicing, pollarding, crown raising, and hedge laying. Training in all these activities can be given to all who want to learn new skills.

We also help maintain footpaths in the village by cutting back vegetation, filling potholes and mowing pathways in the Cowslip Meadow.

In the future we hope to take on more conservation projects in the village and are always open to suggestions as to how we may achieve this aim.

We are fortunate to have been supported by both the Parish Council and Bedford Borough Council in our activities.

If you would like to join us please contact gillycowan@btinternet.com and she will send you further information.

Tree and flower survey reports carried out by the conservation group can be found here:

2023 Tree survey Results

2023 flower survey species list

A report of a survey of Cowslips in Cowslip Meadow can be found here:

A quantitative survey of Cowslips in Cowslip Meadow

Pin and thrum report 2024

Here is an article by Nigel Orton about lichens in Cowslip Meadow:

A qualitative investigation of lichens on dead branch bark in Cowslip Meadow