West Glamorgan Reserves

From the many beautiful coastal reserves around Gower to stunning waterfalls and woodlands, our West Glamorgan reserves are well worth a visit. Managed by staff and volunteers we work hard to make these reserves rich in wildlife.

We run a number of events across Swansea and Gower and there is an active Wildlife Trust Local Group that anyone is welcome to join. To see our upcoming events, please click here. To sign up to the Swansea Local Group mailing list and be kept up to date with events and news, please click here.

Llyn Fach, Rhigos Road, Neath Port Talbot

The nature reserve features a large nutrient-poor glacial lake, overlooked by dramatic north-east facing cliffs and scree, dotted with rowan

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Overton Mere, Overton, Gower, Swansea

Sea cliff, limestone grassland, heath and scrub. The reserve is named after the bay over which it looks. The reserve

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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

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Port Eynon Point, Port Eynon, Swansea

Description: Sea cliff, foreshore, limestone grassland, heathland, secondary Ash woodland, and quarries. A large part of the reserve on the inland side has been used

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Bloody Cranesbill Philip Precey

Overton Cliff & Roydon’s Corner, Overton, Gower, Swansea

Description: Sea cliffs, limestone grassland, heath and scrub. Overton Cliff can be accessed from the stile in the south east

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Weasel Elliot Smith

Long Hole Cliff Overton, Gower, Swansea

Description: Sea cliffs, limestone grassland, heath, and caves. Long Hole Cliff is named after a small cave in the centre

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Deborah’s Hole, Pilton, Gower, Swansea

Description: Sea cliff, calcareous grassland, and heath. Deborah’s Hole is named after a small inaccessible cave which during archaeological excavations

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Berry Wood, Knelston, Gower, Swansea

Description: Ancient mixed deciduous woodland. Berry Wood is an example of mixed woodland, rare in this part of Gower, situated on poorly drained glacial drift

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Pied flycatcher by Margaret Holland

Blaenant y Gwyddyl, Glyneath, Neath, Port Talbot

Description: Ancient upland Oak woodland, stream, and waterfalls. Pied flycatcher by Margaret Holland Blaenant y Gwyddyl is an area of

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Tawny Owl Damian Waters Drumimages

Bolgoed Quarry, Pontarddulais, Swansea

Description: Bolgoed is an old sandstone quarry, last worked in 1955. Tawny Owl Damian Waters Drumimages The habitat consists of

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Golden Ringed Dragonfly MJClark

Broad Pool, Cilibion, Gower, Swansea

Description: Broad Pool is a large body of freshwater lying in a shallow basin on the limestone plateau beneath Cefn

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Frog and spawn

Coed Gawdir, Aberdulais, Neath/Port Talbot

Description: An acidic pond, within an ancient woodland site under restoration. The Trust’s reserve is a small part of a much larger planted ancient woodland

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Sessile oaks at Penderi Cliffs Nature Reserve

Craig Cilhendre Woods, Pontardawe, Swansea

Description: Craig Cilhendre is upland Oak woodland, part of which is ancient in origin, with some patches of wet woodland,

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Bluebells © Vaughn Matthews

Cwm Ivy Woods and Betty Church Reserve, Cwm Ivy, Gower, Swansea

Description: Ancient broadleaved woodland, plantation, calcareous pasture and quarry. Cwm Ivy Woods and Betty Church reserve is situated on the

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Kestrel/windhover by Vaughn Matthews

The Elizabeth and Rowe Harding Nature Reserve, Ilston, Gower, Swansea

Description: Carboniferous limestone quarry, plantation, scrub, and surrounding woodland. The quarry was worked until the middle of 1966, and was

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Dormouse by Bev Lewis (BWT)

Gelli-Hir Wood, Fairwood Common, Gower, Swansea

Description: Mixed broadleaved and wet woodland, partly ancient, and pond. Dormouse by Bev Lewis (BWT) Gelli-hir is situated on deep glacial drift over Carboniferous grits

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Treecreeper Bob Coyle

Hambury Wood, Landimore, Gower, Swansea

Description: Ancient woodland on an abandoned sea cliff. Treecreeper Bob Coyle Hambury Wood‚ is dominated by Oak and Ash with an

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Common toad

Killay Marsh, Dunvant, Swansea

Description: Fen, wet grassland and wet woodland. This urban nature reserve has a rich diversity of habitats which include marsh/marshy

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Kilvrough Wood

Kilvrough Manor Woods and Redden Hill, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea

Description: Ancient Ash woodland and Beech plantation. Kilvrough Manor Woods comprises two areas of woodland, on either side of the

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Marbled white butterfly

Llanrhidian Hill, Llanrhidian, Gower, Swansea

Description: Limestone grassland, scrub, and quarries. Much of the site occupies a steep north-facing slope on Carboniferous limestone, giving fine views overlooking the Burry Estuary.

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Yellow Flag Iris

The Lucas Reserve, Frog Lane, Llanmadoc, Gower, Swansea

Description: Wet woodland, grassland and scrub. The Lucas Reserve is a long meadow sloping northwards down to Burry Pill. Most

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Melincwrt Waterfall

Melincwrt Waterfalls, Resolven, Neath, Port Talbot

Description: Ancient upland Oak woodland, stream, and waterfalls. Melincwrt Waterfalls is mature upland Oak woodland which ascends steeply from the

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Wild Garlic Paul Lane

Peel Wood, Oystermouth, Swansea

Description: Secondary broadleaved woodland within a disused limestone quarry. Peel Wood occupies the site of the former Callencroft quarry. The

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Meadow at Prior's Wood

Prior’s Wood and Meadow, Three Crosses, Gower, Swansea

Description: Secondary mixed deciduous and wet woodland and lowland meadow. Prior’s Wood and Meadow comprises 12.1 hectares of secondary broadleaved woodland and 5.3 hectares of

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reed bunting by Amy Lewis

Red Jacket Fen, Llandarcy, Neath/Port Talbot

Description: Open water, lowland fen, and wet woodland. reed bunting by Amy Lewis This is a lowland fen situated in

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Redley Cliff

Redley Cliff, Caswell Bay, Gower, Swansea

Description: Coastal limestone headland, with secondary broadleaved woodland, scrub, and grassland. Redley Cliff lies on the limestone headland at the

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