Crymlyn Bog National Nature Reserve, near Swansea
The largest lowland fen in Wales
A varied landscape and historical treasures on the Gower coast
Oxwich National Nature Reserve is situated on the Gower coast, approximately 20 kilometres from Swansea.
Although it is a fairly small reserve, it offers a bewitching combination of beach, sand dunes, saltmarsh, freshwater lakes, woodland and limestone cliffs, together with all the diverse wildlife which such a range of habitats supports.
In one of the caves on the cliff, remains of spotted hyenas, reindeer and wolves have been found from the time of the last Ice Age.
At the top of Oxwich Wood you can explore the ramparts of a prehistoric fort.
Within the wood itself you can still see old limestone quarries, worked for the last time in the late 19th century.
An amazing 600 species of plant have been recorded at the reserve.
In the slacks (the damp hollows between the dunes), look out for the rare dune gentian and other uncommon plants such as round-leaved wintergreen and a number of orchids.
Parts of the reserve are open access, while other areas are open to groups by arrangement only.
The Penrice Estate owns and looks after Oxwich beach and provides the following facilities for visitors:
Oxwich is a National Nature Reserve.
National Nature Reserves are places with some of the very finest examples of wildlife habitats and geological features.
There are over 70 National Nature Reserves in Wales.
The car park and toilets are owned by the Penrice Estate and are open seasonally.
The shops are open seasonally.
Oxwich National Nature Reserve is 20 kilometres west of Swansea, just outside the village of Oxwich on the Gower.
Oxwich National Nature Reserve is situated on a minor road off the A4118. From the Penrice direction, turn left at the village crossroads opposite Woodside Cottage apartments.
The OS grid reference SS 501 865.
The car park is owned by the Penrice Estate.
It is open between April and October.
There is a charge for parking which varies during the season.
The Estate manages the parking and access arrangements for camper vans, boats and jet skis.
The nearest train station is in Gowerton. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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