Porthkerry Country Park
The meadow runs through the centre of Porthkerry Park and has been grassland since medieval times.
A spring-fed stream runs along the western edge of the meadow and has a fantastic range of invertebrate and aquatic plant life (including reed mace, water parsnip and various mints). There is also a breeding toad population.
The stream is used in spring and summer for pond dipping with local schools. There is a large population of toads.
Two margins, one on the north and one on the south side are managed differently to encourage wildlife
The northern margin is kept as a spring wildflower meadow. One cut is taken each year and the cuttings are removed. Several mature oaks and a number of younger trees are planted here - many of which are memorials
The southern margin is kept as woodland fringe, where tree planting schemes have taken place and left to naturalise.
Working with the Woodland Trust, the Forestry Commission and Coed Cymru, large sections of the Four Fields are being developed as community woodland. Other parts are being left as meadow land, rich in colourful wild flowers, butterflies and lots of other insects.