Nature reserves and places to see wildlife in Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower
Sea thrift on the Gower coastline
Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower are blessed with a number of locally, nationally and internationally protected sites, including 10 Nature Reserves, 24 Wildlife Trust Reserves, 32 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and 5 Special Areas of Conservation.
'The wide variety of habitats - cliffs, sand dunes, marshes and woodland - attract a huge range of animals, including rare dune-dwelling insects, otters and badgers. But the highlight is the birdlife, particularly around Worm's Head. The caves peppering the coastline are home to bats during spring.' ... The Independent
'The Gower Peninsula is justifiably famous for its diverse landscape and wealth of wildlife. Around its coast, there are spectacular beaches, dunes and limestone cliffs and caves. Inland, acidic heaths and commons predominate, with ash woodlands in steep limestone valleys and arable farms contributing to the richness of the area.
Over 700 vascular plant species have been recorded ... Gower qualifies as an 'Important Plant Area' on all three selection criteria' (rare flora, exceptionally rich flora, and being an outstanding example of an internationally-important habitat type) ... The Telegraph
'The Gower Peninsula is one of South Wales's tucked-away delights; Oxwich beach is one of the best on the Gower; and Oxwich sand dunes are a walker's dream ... The dunes support whole communities of plants, and you'll be amazed at the colours and shapes of the bloody cranesbill, the evening primroses, the trumpets of bindweed and the big prickly collars of sea holly.' ... The Times