Owned & managed by the Nature Conservation Team of the City & County of Swansea, the 23 hectares of Mumbles Hill was declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 1991 to protect the site for both wildlife & people.
Habitats present on the Hill include Maritime Heath, Limestone Grassland, Limestone Scrub & Woodland, each supporting different plants & animals. Over 200 species of plants & fungi, 40 species of birds & 100s of species of butterflies, bees & bugs have been recorded on the Hill. Small mammals such as Voles, Foxes & Shrews also can be seen. Resident birds include Green Woodpecker, Skylark & Jay whilst migratory birds include House Martins, Swallows & Garden Warblers.
Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve is common land, grazed until 1950's when the reserve was separated from more extensive grazing areas. The lack of grazing has allowed invasive species such as Bracken, Gorse, Holm Oak & Cotoneaster to encroach, threatening to choke the rare Limestone Grasslands.
The Nature Conservation Team of the City & County of Swansea manage the reserve with help from volunteers & local interest groups such as Mumbles Development Trust, Swansea Institute of Higher Education & the Red Café.
This initiative is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government. It is a component element of the Communities and Nature strategic project, which is lead and managed by the Countryside Council for Wales.