Most of the species-rich meadows within Caerphilly county borough have been lost over the years. The local seed bank project was set up in 2010 to promote the use of local provenance seed to re-create these meadows. We are looking to find local species-rich meadows that can provide a good seed source for our donor sites. So if you know where there are fine examples of meadows we can't wait to hear from you.
The project starts by choosing both donor and receiver sites. Firstly, a baseline survey is undertaken of both sites, so that a list of known species is recorded for each site.
Seed is collected from the selected donor sites using a forage seed harvester. The seed is dried and then spread on the receiver sites.
Hopefully, this seed will then establish itself in the new meadow both increasing the range of species in and the value of the existing meadow. This way we hope to provide essential new habitat for the survival of our bumblebees and other pollinators.
So if you know where there are fine examples of meadows we can't wait to hear from you.
The Biodiversity Team, Bargoed House, 1 Gladys Way, Bargoed, CF81 8AB
Tel: 01443 866615