4 Steps to Make a Quadrat

thanks to Hannah Steenbergen, Farm Manger at 42 Acres in Somerset

A quadrat is the essential tool for being able to get an unbiased reading of % bare soil, % weed cover, accurate sward composition etc, as well as for “cut and weigh” forage volume assessments. A circular quadrat is the easiest to make, though square and rectangular are also possible.

1.Mark 250cm along a pipe, Hannah used 20mm piping (You can also do this with rope, cut it slightly longer and tie a knot)

2. Take a short length of smaller diameter pipe that fits tightly inside the 250cm long pipe

3. Slide short pipe into both ends of the long pipe

4. And now you have a 0.5m2 circular quadrat