Pollinating the Peninsula

Nature is in trouble and Britain is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

But we can help. Did you know that the area of gardens in Britain is greater than the area of nature reserves?

In Spring 2022, we will give away a pack of wildflower seeds to every household in St Davids so that residents can create a 5-metre-squared mini meadow in their garden.

In a single day in summer, a 5-metre-squared mini-meadow could contain almost 600 flowers and support almost 120 bees and other insect pollinators! If 1,000 St Davids households create a 5-metre mini meadow, we could create a habitat containing almost over half a million flowers which could support almost 120,000 bees!

The mini meadows should be awash with flashy colour from the annual and agricultural species in year 1, before the perennial wildflowers take over from year 2, giving a wildflower mini-meadow to enjoy for years to come.

Residents of St Davids have been encouraged to share photos of their mini meadows on the Pembrokeshire Meadows Group Facebook page.

Want to create your own mini meadow? Have a look at the resources below and order seed from us here at The Bug Farm.

Info sheet

Pollinating the Peninsula

Plantlife’s guide

to meadow creation and management

Pollinator spotter sheet

Do your own bug hunt!

What have we planted?

Perennial wildflowers

  • Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
  • Salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
  • Wild carrot (Daucus carota)
  • Self heal (Prunella vulgaris)
  • Lady’s bedstraw (Galium verum)
  • Musk mallow (Malva moschata)
  • Red campion (Silene dioica)
  • White campion (Silene latifolia)
  • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
  • Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia)

Annual wildflowers

  • Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus
  • Corn marigold (Chrysanthemum segetum)
  • Field poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

Agricultural species

  • Ostsaat crimson clover
  • Gorby persian clover
  • Akenaton egyptian/berseem clover
  • Gran Sans Gabrielle birdsfoot trefoil

This project follows the St Davids Pollinator Trail project, which saw St Davids crowned as Wales’s first Bee Friendly City. It has been delivered by Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm in partnership with Eco Dewi and was funded by the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership.