Dowrog Common along with other localities on the St David’s peninsula are hyperoceanic heaths. This area is characterised by a pastoral agricultural history, dating back until at least the twelfth century, when the land was granted to the church.

The sites history is also one marked by small scale extractions – clay which was mixed with culm (a form of coal dust) as a slow burning fuel; and sand and gravels dug to be mixed with lime for mortar. Today these pits have created a series of shallow ponds across these heaths.

The site is known support Priority species Yellow Centaury Cicendia filiformis, Three-lobed Water-crowfoot Ranunculus tripartitus, Pillwort Pilularia globulifera, Lesser Water-plantain Baldellia ranunculoides and Floating Water-plantain Luronium natans.

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Location: Pembrokeshire

Accessibility: Some Flagship Pond sites are accessible to the public, and some are not. If in doubt, consult maps for rights of way, look online for site information, or contact the site manager, and follow any instructions on site. It is up to you to check whether you require permission to visit and access the ponds on a site.

Site owners/managers: Owned by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales with management approval from Natural Resources Wales