Sedger’s Bank, Port Eynon, Gower

Description: Rocky foreshore, beach, and relict sand dune grassland.

Sedger’s Bank makes up a large part of the most western edge of Port Eynon Bay and the entirety of the nature reserve can only be seen on the lowest tides of the year.

Mussels Paul NaylorThe only area of the reserve which is above high water mark is made up of a small storm beach surmounted by a relict sand dune upon which Sea Bindweed (6-8), Rest Harrow (6-9), and Sea Spurge (7-10) grow.

The rest of the nature reserve is frequently covered by sea water depending on the height of the tide in the cycle between springs and neaps, and the limestone rocks provide shelter for the full range of rocky shore life including Barnacle, Mussel, Whelk, and Beadlet Anemone, together with Serrated Wrack and with a variety of red algae such as Coral Weed. The whole site is fringed at its lowest point by a forest of kelp, dominated by Oarweed.

The reserve serves as a roosting place for Purple Sandpiper and Shags at near high tide in winter, and is also a site where Grey Seal haul out.

Management Objectives: Monitor for any marine pollution incidents.

Grid References O.S. Explorer map 164 Gower. Site centre: SS470844

Status Part of the South Gower Coast SSSI, which in turn is part of the European Natura 2000 site, the Limestone Sea Cliffs of South West Wales SAC.

Tenure The freehold of this reserve was given to the Trust in April 1966 by the late Mr. C.P.M. Methuen-Campbell.
Size 35.1 ha (85.7 acres).

Location and Access Notes

0.5 km south of Port Eynon village, at the western side of the beach. Not accessible to wheelchairs.

Public transport Bus numbers 114, 115, 117, 118 and 119 from Swansea Quadrant Bus Station to Port Eynon

Sedger's Bank