Whiteford Burrows National Nature Reserve and Llanrhidian Saltmarsh
Owned by the National Trust, Llanrhidian Marsh and Whiteford Burrows are outstanding both for their landscape beauty and for their wildlife.
Whiteford Burrows is seen as one of the best dune systems in Britain and have an excellent series of dune habitats. Whiteford Sands lie to the east of the Burrows, punctuated by the dilapidated cast iron lighthouse (not NT owned) at its northern end. There are views across the estuary towards Pembrey Sands and Burry Port opposite.
Llanrhidian Marsh is one of the best examples of a salt marsh in Britain and is of international importance for its enormous population of wintering wildfowl and waders. The award winning Saltmarsh Lamb, a local delicacy, is reared on Llanrhidian Marsh.
The flora of Whiteford Burrows is exceptional and includes many rare breeds and local species, including early marsh orchid, fen orchid, early grass sand and dune gentian.
Look out for birds on the Marsh including the oystercatcher, knot, pintail and golden plover.
Bird hide on Whiteford Burrows
Nearest pub – Britannia Inn in Llanmadoc
Community shop and Post Office in Llanmadoc
Parking in farmers field in Llanmadoc
Walks leaflets (see access information below for more details)
National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Special Protection Area (SPA)
Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Open access land
Llanrhidian Marsh is common land.
OS Explorer Map 164 Gower
Footpaths: There are footpaths around Whiteford Burrows. There are two self-guided walk leaflets available for accessible areas:
- "Whiteford Burrows", available from Swansea TIC, National Trust Shop and Visitor Centre and several village shops on Gower.
- Llanmadoc Hill walking leaflet produced by the City and County of Swansea.
Llanrhidian Marsh is covered by the sea at high tide. At low tide this boggy area is criss-crossed by a maze of gullies and streams. The rapid incoming tides and boggy nature of this land make this area unsuitable for walking.
Car: Parking in farmers field between Llanmadoc and Cwm Ivy. (honesty box for payment)
Buses: Nearest bus stop Llanmadoc Green.
Events / activities
For volunteer opportunities call 01792 390636 (NT Gower Office) or go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk
There is an orienteering course at the site – visit http://www.sboc.org.uk/ for more details.
For more information about the site contact the National Trust on 01792 390636.