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Welsh Moor and Forest Common

These commons are a mosaic of damp acid grassland and drier heath. They are generally very quiet commons, off the beaten track, secluded by scrub and trees.

Welsh Moor is owned and managed by the National Trust where bracken management has recently taken place on the site to encourage a greater diversity of heathland plant species to re-establish. This will have a greater value for wildlife and also provide better grazing opportunities for commoners' livestock such as the sheep and cattle that graze this area.

Commoners are usually local landowners and farmers that have historical rights to use the land for grazing, collecting firewood and so on.


Marsh fritillary butterfly (internationally rare) is a feature of the site.


  • Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
  • Open access land


  • The nearest facilities are in Llanrhidian where there is a pub and garage/shop
  • The Dolphin pub
  • Welcome to Town restaurant
  • Petrol station/shop

Access information

Grid Reference SS520928
OS Explorer Map 164 Gower


There are two rights of way leading to Welsh Moor and a minor road crosses it.


From Llanrhidian, take the B4271 towards Cilibion and take the first left signed to Welsh Moor. There is no car park at the site.


Nearest bus stop by Herons Way Filling Station (Llanrhidian), about 1 mile from the site.


A minor road crosses the site and there is bridleway access onto this road nearby.