This is a definitive natural history of the Gower Peninsula, located to the south west of Swansea and often described as Wales in miniature. The area is unique in terms of the variety of the habitats and species that occur within its 188 square kilometres. As a result, it has a greater diversity of conservation designations than almost anywhere else in the UK. The natural history of Gower is like most parts of the British Isles - inextricably linked to the activities of man across many thousand years. In his study, Jonathan Mullard uses the evolving landscape and the effect that the associated changes have had on species and habitats as its core. The culmination of years of research and rich with the latest information and full colour illustrations, "Gower" is a valuable source of information on this diverse and fascinating area.
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A Land Set Apart
Naturalists and Visitors
The Peninsula Emerges
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abundant animals aonb arable bats beaches beetle birds breeding Bristol Channel Britain British Carmarthen Bay Cefn Bryn century cliffs coastal cockle colonies common land conservation Council for Wales Countryside Council David Painter Dillwyn dominated dunes dung early farming fauna feed field fish flora Glamorgan gorse Gower caves Gower coast Gower commons Gower Society grass grassland grazing gull habitats Harold Grenfell heathland hectares Hole important insects invertebrates known landscape large numbers larvae lichens limestone Llangennith Llanrhidian Llethrid metres Mumbles National Nature Reserve naturalists nest occur organisations Oxwich Bay Parc le Breos park peninsula Pennard Penrice plants pools populations Port-Eynon purple moor-grass Pwlldu rare recorded red fescue Rhossili rock salt marsh scrub sediment sheep shingle shore slacks soils South Wales species spider survey Swansea tide vegetation Welsh Whiteford Burrows wildlife winter Wood woodland Worms Head yellow whitlowgrass