A-Z parks and nature reserves
In 1986 Blackpill beach was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of its importance for local and migratory birds who stop over during the winter to refuel on their global journeys from Africa to Greenland and the Russian Steppe.
This is an extensive area of coastal sand dunes supporting many protected wildlife species. It is adjacent to Llangennith Beach and Llangennith Moors. The latter also being a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).
Cefn Bryn is a 5-mile long ridge of common land, known locally as the backbone of Gower. One of the main attractions of the Bryn is a large Neolithic monument called Arthur's Stone not far from the summit of the ridge.
This is a large area of common land (286 hectares) crossed by the B4436, with the development of West Cross and Mayals on the eastern boundary of Clyne Common and the village of Murton abutting Mansel Green to the south west.
Clyne Gardens contains varied National Collections of plants set in beautiful parkland. Internationally famous for its superb collections of Rhododendrons, Pieris and Enkianthus, the gardens offer a haven of tranquility, lush planting and interesting features.
Clyne Valley Country Park is the city's only country park. Within its 700 acres you will find a very varied landscape ranging from open and wooded hillsides, steep gorges and quarries to meadowland and wet valley floor.
A pleasant park of mature trees and woodland which is immediately adjacent to a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation called Cockett Wheels and Park which is oak dominated woodland grading into alder dominated valley floor.
Situated in the north east of the county, the park includes a variety of high quality facilities. With a superb range of sports facilities as well as beautiful walking trails and a flower garden.
There are mature trees around the perimeter of this grass area. There are 2 football pitches available to book, winter only (Sept - April inclusive), a small playground and large grass area adjacent to football pitch, although it can be very wet.
Cwmdonkin Park is a beautiful park situated in the heart of the city. The park has recently benefited from an extensive regeneration programme with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, Visit Wales and the City and County of Swansea.
Hardings Down (owned by Llangennith Manors) is an open heathland hill site covering approximately 65 hectares. It was largely inaccessible until recently due to the height and density of bracken coverage.
A mix of broadleaved woodland and plantation remaining from the clearance of the original valley woodland a few decades ago to construct the adjoining housing site and student village.
Set within the Birchgrove area of Swansea, this park boasts a spacious recreational ground and children's play area, offering the young people of the area the facilities to play, whatever their interest.
Killay Marsh covers covers 21.3 acres (8.62 hectares) and comprises of a mosaic of habitats and has some superb examples of many threatened and protected wetland habitats.
Kilvey Hill, a large (3 km2) prominent site on the east side of Swansea, is a community woodland managed by Kilvey Community Woodland Volunteers, Forest Enterprise and the City and County of Swansea.
In contrast to the designed landscape of the neighbouring Morriston Park, this is a large area of open grassland (currently grazed by ponies) with a boggy area that provides a great habitat for amphibians like frogs, toads and newts.
Situated at the western end of the Gower Peninsula, located between the small settlements of Llanmadoc and Cheriton to the northeast, and Llangennith to the southwest.
Pengwern and Fairwood are two large areas of adjacent common land (total of 157 hectares and 462 hectares respectively) consisting of wet heathy grassland, marshy grassland with bracken and scrub on the higher ground.
Penlan slopes is surrounded by urban development of Penlan and Brynhyfryd and is predominately composed of dry heath/acid grassland mosaic with smaller areas dominated by scrub and amenity grassland.
Pennard Cliffs (predominantly owned by the National Trust) are a rugged and wildly beautiful stretch of coast on South Gower, with the much photographed Three Cliffs Bay at one end and the equally picturesque Pwll Du Bay at the other end, an approximate distance of 4 miles apart.
Comprising of a narrow strip of flat land on top of the cliffs and the slope down to the sea washed rocks, Pwll Du Local Nature Reserve supports a variety of important habitats and plants.
At the tip of the Gower Peninsula is the sweeping bay of Rhossili. With the bones of a shipwreck and the tidal island of Worm's Head revealed at low tide, the best way to take it all in is to follow the 200m climb above the bay to Rhossili Down Commons. From here, the views are simply magnificent.
The Tennant Canal is 8 miles in length from Port Tennant, Swansea to its junction with the Neath Canal at Aberdulais and makes a very pleasant and tranquil walk through unspoilt landscapes despite its industrial associations.
Trallwn Marshy Grasslands is an area of approximately 23 hectares of semi-improved and improved grassland, conifer plantation (Trallwn Woods) and scrub surrounded by urban development.
The brook runs through this attractive, predominantly oak and hazel woodland, which are home to birds such as tawny owl, green woodpecker, dunnock, song thrush, greenfinch, goldfinch and bullfinch.
Located along the Swansea Bay foreshore between Blackpill Lido and West Cross, West Cross Skate Park provides a safe environment for skaters and BMX riders, to come together and practice their skills.
Owned by the National Trust, Llanrhidian Marsh and Whiteford Burrows are outstanding both for their landscape beauty and for their wildlife.