Gower Reserves
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Hambury Wood
SS 472 929
Area 4.79 ha

Ancient limestone broadleaved woodland. Woodland birds, mosses, ferns, lichens and fungi.

Access  Limited roadside parking, steep circular path difficult for the less able, no wheelchair access.

Voluntary Warden  Mr Neil Hooper.

The wood lies on the northern edge of Fairwood Common, Gower. Access is gained over a stile on the unclassified road which runs from the B4271 north to Cil-onen. Car parking adjacent to the reserve is limited.


Gelli-Hir Wood is situated on deep glacial drift Carboniferous grits and shales. The reserve grades from wet Oak/Birch woodland in the south and east to drier Ash/Elm woodland in the north and west. There are a variety of associated habitats including open rides, streams and a pond.

There is l large and varied population of birds, with records of breeding Buzzard, Tawny Owl and Sparrowhawk in the woodland, and Mallard, Coot and Teal around the pond. Fallen timber and rotting stumps support an abundance of lower plants and invertebrates.

Moths and Butterflies are well represents, including species such as Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary and Holly Blue.

Good times to visit

April-July for woodland flowers, butterflies and birds.

September-October for fungi.




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