Cooper's Meadowlink

A stretch of easily accessible chalk stream and the adjoining water meadow in the centre of Marlborough.

This urban stretch of the River Kennet and the adjoining water meadow has been restored to create a space for wildlife and a pleasant environment for people to enjoy.

The meadow is home to a wide range of plants, insects and animals and provides food for many birds.

Conservation grazing helps to preserve this diversity and it is intermittently grazed by either Belted Galloways or Wiltshire Horn sheep provided by a local farmer.

Belties are from Galloway in South West Scotland and are hardy and quiet and will eat rough old pasture. The animals may spend a few weeks here in spring, summer and autumn helping to prevent nettles, thistles and meadowsweet from dominating the meadow.


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MADT would like to thank Eric Gilbert who supplied images for this page.