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Overton Cliff
SS 458 848
South Gower Coast
Area 9.4 ha

Sea cliffs, limestone grassland, heath and scrub.


0.2km south west of the village of Overton. The reserve can be accessed from the stile in the south east corner of the Long Hole Cave Nature reserve in the west, or from the footpath adjacent to the seashore of the Overton Mere nature reserve in the east.

Overton Cliff is relatively ungrazed and the vegetation is predominantly maritime limestone heath and scrub made up of a mixture of Common Gorse and Western Gorse with Heather and Bell Heather together with Hawthorn and Blackthorn. Because of the close proximity of the sea and lack ofgrazing, part of the grassland at the western end of the reserve which is dominated by Red Fescue has formed a thick mattress-like sward.

Early purple Orchid followed by Bloody Cranesbill and Carline Thistle adorn the grassland, while Wild Madder climbs its way through the gorse. Bloody-nised Beetles are regularly to be found on the path in summer. Feral Rock Dove and herring gull use the ledges on Overton Cliff to nest, while Jackdaws use the cave in its rock face. Green Woodpeckers are regularly seen foraging for ants amongst the ant hills in the grassland.




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