Insights Wales: Floodplain Meadows

Join Professor David Gowing and Caroline O’Rourke to learn about the research of the Floodplain Meadows Partnership.  We will discuss how restoring and managing species-rich meadows in the floodplain can be a key tool to help fight the climate and biodiversity crises whilst remaining productive and profitable for farmers, along with the FMP’s research and advocacy project in Wales.

About the Speakers

Professor David Gowing is Director of the Floodplain Meadows Partnership and has studied floodplain meadows for over 30 years. He has won numerous research contracts from organisations such as Defra, RSPB, Natural England, the Environment Agency, and the Natural Environment Research Council. He has published widely including seminal papers in the world’s leading scientific journals. He is regularly called upon to advise conservation organisations, statutory authorities and landowners within the UK and has numerous collaborations internationally (e.g., Netherlands and South Africa). 

Caroline O’Rourke is a Research Associate for the Floodplain Meadows Partnership, responsible for management and delivery of a number of projects. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in biological recording from the University of Birmingham and is a keen botanist, holding a level 4 Field Identification Skills Certificate (FISC) from the BSBI. She has a background in habitat survey and project management, having worked for several ecological consultancies over 13 years.

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