Stewkley Wildlife Reserve
Wildlife Reserve Management
The Wildlife Reserve, is managed by Stewkley Parish Council, with the objective of returning the fields to that of a Hay Meadow as it would have been before 1900.
In order to reduce the grass growth, which othewise tends to swamp other plants, the fields have been sown with Yellow Rattle, which is parasitic upon grass, reducing its growth, which enables other plants to prosper.
In order to allow all plants to set seed, a cut of hay is taken in late August, the resulting hay going for animal feed during the winter.
During the winter sheep are put in the field to eat the remaining grass, and apply a natural fertiliser to the land.