Conserving Historic Water Meadows

BookConserving Historic Water Meadows

Conserving Historic Water Meadows

Historic England Guidance


November 1st, 2017





This guide aims to promote wider awareness of the rich heritage of England's water meadows.
It is intended primarily for nature conservation groups, farmers, landowners, communities or individuals undertaking habitat ‘restoration’ work on historic water meadows.

The guide describes the archaeological remains which may be encountered and highlights their importance as part of the historic landscape. It demonstrates how these remains, managed sensitively, can provide a variety of habitats which have considerable benefits for wildlife.

Author Information

Nicky Smith is based in the English Heritage Archaeological Survey and Investigation team.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
What are water meadows?
Why preserve water meadows?
A brief history
Heritage-sensitive management
Case studies
Specialist advice