_ Bishop’s Wood Local Nature Reserve
An exemplar Local Nature Reserve managed for wildlife and people.
Bishop’s Wood is a Council run Local Nature Reserve situated above Caswell Bay on the Gower Peninsula. The site is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and provides a good example of limestone woodland, which is relatively rare in Britain.
Historical features on the site include boundary stones, small limestone quarries and the ruins of St.Peter’s Chapel. The Bishop’s Wood Countryside Centre is housed in an old coach house and there is some evidence of John Dillwyn Llewellyn’s summer cottage and a few exotic plant species from the estate gardens.
The Countryside Centre staff and Forest School staff offer high quality educational activities in the woodland and on the nearby seashore. The impressive Roundhouse located within the woods has gained recognition for its imaginative design and use of local materials and skills. The Countryside Centre has energy efficiency features including a wood chip boiler.
Activities led by the site wardens are usually free of charge but a fee is charged for activities led by Forest School SNPT. The nature reserve is open to the public for unaccompanied visits at all times but large groups, and those wishing to visit the Countryside Centre, should make contact in advance.
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_ There is a large pay and display car park and toilets next to the site entrance and additional parking and toilets at the nearby Countryside Centre. There is wheelchair access to the Roundhouse and beech tree glade but other footpaths are narrow and can be slippery when wet, and there are steep steps on either side of the valley.
Location: Bishop’s Wood Countryside Centre, Caswell,
Swansea SA3 3BS
Main Contact: Karen Jones, site warden