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Swansea Vale Nature Reserve

Swansea Vale Nature Reserve is situated in Swansea Vale, a suburb in northeast Swansea.

The 6 hectare reserve is one of the few remaining areas of wetland habitat in the City and County of Swansea. Wetlands are amongst the most threatened natural habitats in the UK. They are being lost to development and through lack of management.

Swansea Vale is home to a large variety of plants and animals, from orchids to otters and many are a priority for conservation. Swansea Vale is a highly diverse site with a mosaic of habitats ranging from swamp to marshy grassland, scrub, semi-improved and unimproved neutral grassland.

Swansea Vale is in close proximity to Llansamlet Marshes, another wetland site of importance to nature conservation.


  • Wheelchair and pushchair access along all ability path around southern part of reserve


  • Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC 211)

Access information

Grid Reference SS688980
OS Explorer Map 165 Swansea

Swansea Vale Nature Reserve is accessible from Walters Road in Llansamlet. The reserve can be reached from the bike path that starts at the end of Pant-y-Blawd Road linking into the riverside network.

Limited on-road parking nearby.

Nearest bus stop in Birchgrove.

National Cycle Route 43 runs along the riverside just to the west of the reserve.

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