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Whiteford Burrows National Nature Reserve and Llanrhidian Saltmarsh  

Location: Grid Reference SS480950
Situated in North Gower between Llanmadoc and Penclawdd
Designations: National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Special Protection Area (SPA)
Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Open access land
Llanrhidian Marsh is common land
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Owned by the National Trust, Llanrhidian Marsh and Whiteford Burrows are outstanding both for their landscape beauty and for their wildlife. Whiteford Burrows is seen as one of the best dune systems in Britain and have an excellent series of dune habitats. Whiteford Sands lie to the east of the Burrows, punctuated by the dilapidated cast iron lighthouse (not NT owned) at its northern end. There are views across the estuary towards Pembrey Sands and Burry Port opposite. Llanrhidian Marsh is one of the best examples of a salt marsh in Britain and is of international importance for its enormous population of wintering wildfowl and waders. The award winning Saltmarsh Lamb, a local delicacy, is reared on Llanrhidian Marsh.

The flora of Whiteford Burrows is exceptional and includes many rare breeds and local species, including early marsh orchid, fen orchid, early grass sand and dune gentian.
Look out for birds on the Marsh including the oystercatcher, knot, pintail and golden plover.




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