About us Projects Magnificent Meadows We're restoring Wiltshire’s magnificent meadows Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is part of the Magnificent Meadows project, the UK’s largest partnership transforming the fortunes of vanishing wildflower meadows, grasslands and wildlife. Meadows are magnificent places. In spring and summer the sound, smell and colour of these precious patches of countryside thrill us with their boundless life. However, the UK’s wildflower meadows are disappearing. Only 3% of the meadows that existed in the 1930’s now remain. In north Wiltshire we are lucky to have some jewels of wildflower meadows left, but they form only a fragment of what formerly existed. At our Blakehill Farm nature reserve near Cricklade, we are working to create a greater understanding and appreciation of these wildlife-rich grasslands by landowners, local communities and wider society so that we all cherish and celebrate these wonderful spaces. Our management plan means we now have a hectare of pyramidal orchids is blooming on Blakehill’s central plateau. We have created a series of mounds as habitat for bees and other invertebrates. By leaving larger areas of longer grass as vole habitat, we are increasing vole numbers. Last winter, for the first time, seven short-eared owls were seen hunting over the main plateau for voles. Led by Plantlife, the Magnificent Meadows partnership is made up of 11 organisations and is primarily funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. See more about Blakehill Farm nature reserve Find out more about the national project.