Gower Reserves
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Kilvrough Manor Woods
SS 555 892
Parkmill
Area 7.5ha

Ancient broadleaved woodland and beech plantation. Woodland birds, flowers and fungi.

Access  Limited off road parking, footpaths, not accessible to wheelchairs.

Voluntary Wardens  Mr Gordon Davies, Mr Bob Rigdon, Mr Nigel Murphy.

Location
On either side of the A4118, before entering Park Mill, Gower. There is limited parking space at a lay-by on the northern side of the A4118, and further parking can be found in the village of Parkmill. A public footpath crosses the south-western part of the wood, along the line of a water authority boundary of the reserve. There is a permissive path through the centre of the southern wood, but there are no public rights of way in the northern wood.

 

Description
The woods are mostly ancient semi-natural and broadleaved, comprising of Ash, Oak, Beech and Elm with an understorey of Hazel; and a Beech plantation making up a large part of the southern woodland. There is also a small amount of Larch planted in some areas.

Bramble, Bluebell (4-6), Ramsons (4-6), Twayblade (5-8) and Hart’s-tongue Fern
Occur in abundance. The Woods are one of the last Gower localities for the Greater
Butterfly-orchid (5-7).

The woodland provides a suitable habitat for a range of breeding woodland birds such as Chiffchaff, Robin, Great Tit, Treecreeper and Willow Warbler with other species such as Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Woodcock regularly seen.

Good times to visit

April-June Spring woodland flowers

May-July Summer breeding birds

September-November Fungi

 

 

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