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Biodiversity is the variety of life, that’s all living things, from the brightly coloured ladybird to the ancient oak tree. It can be seen in every corner of Caerphilly county borough, in gardens and woodlands, rivers and roadsides, quarries and commons.
The local seed bank project was set up in 2010 to promote the use of local provenance seed using local donor sites and receiver sites within Caerphilly county borough. The council are looking to find species rich meadows. We are asking you, as local residents, to send in your records of where our species rich meadows are.
The project involved choosing donor sites and receiver sites. Baseline surveys were undertaken of both the receptor and donor sites, so a species list could be recorded for each site.
Using the forage seed harvester, seed will be collected from the selected donor sites, then dried and spread on the receiver sites with a view to demonstrating how to increase the area of species rich grassland in the county borough using local provenance seed.
The aim of the project is to re-create species rich meadows within Caerphilly county borough, replacing those that have been lost over the years, whilst replacing an important habitat that is essential for the survival of our bumblebees and other pollinators.
The information that you provide will help us to locate species rich meadows, which can be harvested for their seed.
E-mail the Countryside and Landscape Service and tell us about the species rich hay meadows in your area that are wildflower rich over the summer.