Rossington Carr Fields at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
Rossington Carr Fields are part of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, an area of low-lying land to the south east of Doncaster which forms the floodplain of the River Torne.
Prior to 2013 when fencing was erected and grazing by Highland cows was introduced, Rossington Carr Fields were very rough course grassland. To begin the meadow creation in 2014, seed was collected from Owston Meadows using a seed harvester and was then dried and stored until September to increase the survival of germinated seeds. Rossington Carr was power harrowed a couple of times and rolled, ready for the seed to be strewn by hand. Plug plants propagated from the harvested donor seed will be planted in 2015 and 2016. The site will be grazed by Highland cows and a mix of rare breed sheep, mostly Hebrideans.
It is hoped that species such as yellow rattle, common spotted orchid and oxeye daisy will establish here in future.
Images above and below © Jim Horsfall, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust