Wildflower meadow at Plas Newydd, Anglesey
Once a muddy rugby pitch, Cae Maes y Frân is now a beautiful wildflower meadow and a haven for wildlife at Plas Newydd on Anglesey.
Cae Maes y Frân (pronounced Ka-ee Mah-es er Vrahn) is home to a wide variety of naturally occurring plants and flowers, supporting a diverse range of insects, animals and birds.
Examples of wild orchids sit beside red clover, oxeye daisy, meadow vetchling, yellow rattle, cat’s ear and meadow buttercups while buzzing bees and butterflies flit between the flowers. Skylarks rise and swoop above the tall grasses and with views looking out over the mountains of Snowdonia, it is an amazing place to sit and take time out to enjoy some peace and tranquility.
The diverse range of plants and flowers also make it a perfect home for several examples of our native bees. Encouraging them to thrive and multiply in areas such as this is more important now than ever.
Visiting the Wildflower Meadow
There are carefully mown pathways to lead you through the meadow again this year from mid-June 2021. Take a walk through the meadow and enjoy this peaceful area during the early summer months. Just ask at the Visitor Centre for directions or follow the path, continue on past the Wooden Cabin and along the top path rather than following the steps down to the house. You will see a sign marking the way to the meadow on your right. The track which leads to the meadow is uneven and not suitable for wheelchairs, prams or buggies.
As well as being able to stroll through the meadow until August, you can also learn more about how important wildflowers and bees are during the weekend of 31 July to 1 August when we will be joined by the Anglesey Beekeepers. They will be sharing their expertise and lots of interesting facts about our bee friends and what we can all do to help them thrive in our own gardens and local communities.