The ward is dominated by farmed improved grassland but contains patches of ancient semi-natural woodland. Many of the watercourses are lined by mature trees. Swansea Canal Local Nature Reserve was designated for its conservation interest in particular birdlife, dragonflies, damselflies and marginal vegetation. Volunteer groups help us to manage the site which is great for educating people about wildlife. An NPTC owned site has recently had the grazing removed and hibernacula created to act as a receptor site for reptiles, facilitating development on other sites.
The River Tawe and its tributaries are important for Otter, Dipper and Kingfisher. The woodlands are home to birds like Great spotted woodpecker, Bullfinch and Song thrush. The farmland is good for Brown hare, Skylark, Barn owl and Red kite. The reptile receptor site has a good population of Common lizard, translocated from the former Abbey Primary.
- Encourage landowners to manage land sensitively to nature. Some may wish to join the local Meadows Group, contact the team to find out more.
- Invasive non-native plant species are an issue in this ward. Arranging balsam bashes or raising awareness of how to balsam bash (it’s very easy!) is a good way of helping to tackle the issue.
- Raise awareness of wildlife in the ward e.g. by holding wildlife walks along the canal