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Pengwern Common and Fairwood Common

Location: Grid Reference SS540920 (Pengwern) and SS575928 (Fairwood)
Situated in east Gower near to Swansea Airport.
Area: 157 ha and 462 ha respectively
Designations: Common land
Open access land
Fairwood Common is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)
Part of Gower Commons Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
The commons lie within
- Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
- West Gower landscape which is included in the Register of Landscapes or Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales (CCW/CADW: Welsh Historic Monuments/ICOMOS UK 1998, 53-56.
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Pengwern and Fairwood are two large areas of adjacent common land (total of 157 hectares and 462ha respectively) consisting of wet heathy grassland, marshy grassland with bracken and scrub on the higher ground. Fairwood common surrounds Swansea Airport. Pengwern common is crossed by a tree-lined stream. The B4271 dissects the site and the A4118 also crosses Fairwood Common. Priors Wood and Meadow, a Wildlife Trust managed site is adjacent to the northern boundary of Fairwood Common. Fairwood itself has much wildlife interest including species such as tormentil (Potentilla erecta), lousewort (Pedicularis sylvatica) and ragged-robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi), badger, frog, snipe, skylark, meadow pipit mistlethrush, yellow hammer and linnet.




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