Exploring common land at Pennard
Pennard Cliffs is an area of spectacular scenery and designated as common land near Southgate, Swansea. Take a walk on the common and discover wildlife in Gower’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
History of common land
Common land is an area of land where people, other than the owner, have traditional rights to graze their animals. Commons themselves pre-date parliament, dating back to times where land was often wild and ownerless, a legacy of the manorial system.
The original Commons Act dates to 1285, now refined under the Commons Act of 2006 with all commons registered with records held locally by the County Council. Around 12 per cent of land in Wales is designated as common land, over 8,500 separate commons.
Our role on the common
We look after over 3km of land stretching from Pwlldu to Three Cliffs Bay and over 1700 hectares of common land in Gower.
Common land in Gower
Over half of the land in Gower is designated as common land, collectively one of the most important areas of lowland heath in Wales. Throughout the country groups of commoners work together and in Gower, they have formed the Gower Commons Association.
A project supporting the Gower Commons was established with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 1998 which produced the Commons Code, an asset to support people to get the most out of their visit to Gower.
Wildlife on the common
Commons have become very important areas for wildlife and nature conservation, as almost all support semi-natural vegetation.
The cliff faces at Pennard are very important areas for wildlife, Gower is the only place in the UK where you’ll find Yellow Whitlow Grass growing. Chough inhabit the cliffs and benefit from grazed pasture in the surrounding area.
The area designated as part of Gower’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
This means that animals, such as cattle and sheep have rights to roam freely around the common at Pennard.
Nestled in Dinefwr’s parkland near Llandeilo, Newton House is a relaxed and informal Welsh country house. A visit here incorporates both the historic and the contemporary.
A scenic spot for coastal walks, water sports and wildlife. With 3 miles of sandy beach there’s plenty of space for the whole family to play in the sand or fly a kite.
The waterwheel at Aberdulais generates green energy for the site as part of a ground-breaking hydro-electric scheme. A tradition dating back 400 years continues.