Whiteford Lighthouse in the Burry
Burrows/Sands and the area around the estuary in Llanrhidian and Llanmadoc is an absolute haven for wildlife and birds. I noticed late one
afternoon in January 2005 that I was surrounded by thousands of
birds. Their calls were deafening and I watched them soar and
dive in the last rays of the Winter sun. Fantastic. How many more
then, must there be in Summer? There is a great diversity too,
as the National Nature Reserve constitutes mature woodlands, marshes
As you would expect, since Gower is an AONB and owned partly
by the National Trust and the Glamorgan Wildlife Trust, it is
generally a sanctuary for wildlife.
Visitors to my holiday
home left a note in the visitors book to say that it is "a
walkers' and birdwatchers' paradise". Since then, I
have become more aware of the number of birdwatchers that come
to Gower. (Especially when one of my relatives looked out of my
window one morning and saw two young men staring up at the tree
in our garden with binoculars.
"We're not looking in your bedroom window, honest. It's just,
you've got a rare bird in your tree!")
Over the subsequent weeks, we found many binocular clad visitors
walking up and down for hours to see this bird that had been reported
as an infrequent visitor to Gower.
Another site that deserves a mention
Bird Hospital for the fantastic work that they are doing treating
and rehabilitating wildlife casualties and returning them to the wild.