Meadows are disappearing across the UK for a variety of reasons. Is that a problem and what have meadows ever done for us?
Well, here our Top 5 reasons why EcoDewi believes it’s critical that we all help to restore and create meadows across the St Davids Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Wales and the UK!
# 1 – A great space for pollinators. Our fruit, vegetables and crops all rely on pollinators and our pollinator species are really struggling in this ‘6th Mass Extinction’ event taking place. Wildflower meadows create a wonderful space for pollinators to thrive safely and create a large nectar source to sustain many threatened species.
# 2 – Rich habitat for a range of biodiversity. Beyond our pollinators, wildlflower meadows create rich biodiverse habitats for a huge variety of flora and fauna, and massively boosting ecosystems; from bees, moths and other insects, small birds and mammals, and a huge variety of native wildflowers that have graced our lands for centuries. We are in a biodiversity crisis and meadows can make a huge difference whatever the size.
# 3 – Amazing carbon stores. Did you know that a meadow (unimproved grassland) can store slightly more soil carbon than woodland? This is according to an RSPB briefing paper although it does acknowledge the woodland and scrub store more above ground carbon than grasslands. Nonetheless, it does to show how important meadows are in decarbonisation and tackling the effects of Climate Change.
# 4 – Great at helping floor prevention. Flooding in Wales is on the rise due to climate change, yet meadows are know to have capacity to store huge quantities of flood water and then release it slowly over time. And of course when meadows are messed with or built on, this capacity greatly reduces.
# 5 – Amazing spaces to improve mental wellbeing. If you have walked past or stood amongst a wildflower meadow, then you will know the amazing feeling and power of being amongst and in awe of their beauty and majesty. In this digital age, at a time when communities are struggling and following a global pandemic, we must take our mental wellbeing more seriously, for all ages. So let’s create space where our neighbours, colleagues, visitors and family can rest, reflect and relax.
So, what have meadows ever done for us … or what can meadows do for us? Is it worth the effort to restore meadows and create new ones, whether mini meadows or larger ones? Well, you can probably guess our answer but how do you feel?
Plantlife Cymru has a great project called Magnificent Meadows Cymru which we urge you to explore. You can sign up for more info on Plantlife Cymru at by clicking here. As well as aiming to restore over 300 hectares of species-rich grassland in Wales, they are supporting the creation of Meadow Groups across counties in Wales and one is in Pembrokeshire! EcoDewi is part of the new group but if you’d like to get involved or know more then visit the Pembrokeshire Meadows Group Facebook page.