In 1986 Blackpill beach was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of its importance for local and migratory birds who stop over during the winter to refuel on their global journeys from Africa to Greenland and the Russian Steppe.
This is an extensive area of coastal sand dunes supporting many protected wildlife species. It is adjacent to Llangennith Beach and Llangennith Moors. The latter also being a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).
Cefn Bryn is a 5-mile long ridge of common land, known locally as the backbone of Gower. One of the main attractions of the Bryn is a large Neolithic monument called Arthur's Stone not far from the summit of the ridge.
This is a large area of common land (286 hectares) crossed by the B4436, with the development of West Cross and Mayals on the eastern boundary of Clyne Common and the village of Murton abutting Mansel Green to the south west.
Clyne Gardens contains varied National Collections of plants set in beautiful parkland. Internationally famous for its superb collections of Rhododendrons, Pieris and Enkianthus, the gardens offer a haven of tranquillity, lush planting and interesting features.
Clyne Valley Country Park is the city's only country park. Within its 700 acres you will find a varied landscape ranging from open and wooded hillsides, steep gorges and quarries to meadowland and wet valley floor.
A pleasant park of mature trees and woodland which is immediately adjacent to a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation called Cockett Wheels and Park, which is oak dominated woodland grading into alder dominated valley floor.
There are mature trees around the perimeter of this grass area. There are 2 football pitches available to book, winter only (Sept - April inclusive), a small playground and large grass area adjacent to football pitch, although it can be very wet.
Cwmdonkin Park is a beautiful park situated in the heart of the city. The park has recently benefited from an extensive regeneration programme with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, Visit Wales and the City and County of Swansea.
Hardings Down (owned by Llangennith Manors) is an open heathland hill site covering approximately 65 hectares. It was largely inaccessible until recently due to the height and density of bracken coverage.
Set within the Birchgrove area of Swansea, this park boasts a spacious recreational ground and children's play area, offering the young people of the area the facilities to play, whatever their interest.
In contrast to the designed landscape of the neighbouring Morriston Park, this is a large area of open grassland (currently grazed by ponies) with a boggy area that provides a great habitat for amphibians like frogs, toads and newts.