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Restoring Gower’s cliffs (Gower, Swansea)

Gower is home to some of the UK’s rarest wildflowers, lichens, liverworts and mosses but they are currently under serious threat.

Swathes of the Gower landscape have been devoured by cotoneaster, an invasive garden escapee, smothering the fragile flora.

Without action, some rarities will become extinct here. The Keeping the South Gower Cliffs Colourful project aims to restore their fortunes.

- Our goals
- Under threat
- Who are we working with?

Our goals:

  • Remove the invasive cotoneaster.
  • Restore the natural mosaic of limestone grassland and open rocky slopes.
  • Allow the special coastal flowers and plants to flourish again.

Under threat:

Yellow Whitlowgrass (Draba aizoides)

The Gower peninsula is the only place in the UK where you will find this dainty yellow wild flower in the wild, making it one of the rarest native flowers in the UK. It is now fighting for survival on Gower.

Juniper (Juniperus communis)

The much loved ancient gin-giving bush is declining so rapidly it could become extinct in parts of the UK in the next 50 years if urgent action isn’t taken.

Basil-Thyme (Clinopodium acinos)

This pretty plant hadn’t been found in the area for 25 years until Plantlife experts discovered it at Foxhole - just a few feet away from encroaching cotoneaster! 


Who are we working with?