Lower Pitton Farmhouse

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The geology and geography of the Gower peninsula combine to create varied habitats which support a correspondingly varied flora and fauna. As a result, within the relatively small area of the peninsula you will find a network of footpaths and rights of way connecting many different landscapes - for example, salt marsh, ancient woodland, open moorland, limestone cliffs, sandy beaches, shingle beaches, wooded valleys, sand dunes etc.

Gower is popular with birdwatchers all year round, but especially during the breeding season when some nationally rare species can be seen. For example, choughs (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) often nest on the limestone crags of the south Gower coast; as the range of the red kite (Milvus milvus) is extending south sightings of this spectacular raptor soaring overhead are becoming more frequent over Gower.

A well-signed path extends around the entire coast of Gower (and is part of the Round Wales Coastal Path). The sections along the high cliff tops, for example from Port Eynon to Rhossili, provide spectacular vantage points from which to survey the Bristol Channel for sightings of grey Atlantic seals, dolphins and porpoises.

Many of the so-called “common” British wild flowers flourish in Gower. The wooded valleys of Caswell, Bishopston and Ilston, for example, are glorious in spring with primroses, anemones, bluebells and wild garlic. The grassy cliff tops from Oxwich all the way to Rhossili are carpeted with squills, rock roses, vetch etc during the summer. There is also the bonus of some rarities for the keen botanist to discover, such as Yellow Whitlow Grass (Draba azoides) which clings precariously to the walls of Pennard Castle (and on a few rocky ledges on limestone cliffs, high above the sea) and rare orchids that flower in the dune systems at Oxwich and Cwm Ivy.