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Join us to hear about the incredible biodiversity at Bodmin Airfield with Jay Gates

On the 24th May, 7.30pm,  you are invited to join us on ZOOM (register using the link below) to find out how our little airfield, nestled on the side of Bodmin Moor, is progressing as a designated natural meadow.

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Where do you think you’d find over 170 different plant species, including three species of Orchid- the Chelsea Flower Show? A nature reserve? Well, no, actually- a small private Airfield in the centre of Cornwall!

From a chance encounter with Ian Bennallick- a Cornwall Country botanical recorder, the biodiversity gem which is Bodmin Airfield, was unearthed. Ian spotted what looked like Orchids in the Airfield and identified three different species of Orchids on closer inspection. These were the Southern marsh, Heath spotted and Greater butterfly Orchids.

Bodmin Airfield has since become a key ‘Donor’ site of seed and green hay as part of the Meadow Match project, which provides a ‘dating agency’ to match makes donor and receptor sites of wildflower meadows. Wildflower Collective runs Meadow Match in partnership with the University of Exeter, The Halpin Trust and the SWEEP project.

Join us for a talk and Q&A by Jay Gates, who will tell you about this exciting discovery, and how they have inspired other airfields locally, nationally and even internationally to recognise their biodiversity potential!


This talk will be held on Zoom, the Zoom link will be shared with participants nearer the time.



Pete White — Events Director, AEROCLUB & Events Organiser

01752 406660 — 07805 805679 — pete@aeronca.co.uk