Swansea University's Own Nature Reserve

Lying between the Bay Campus and Neath Estuary is our very own nature reserve, Crymlyn Burrows. The dunes, saltmarsh and beach are protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Crymlyn Burrows is of national importance for it's wildlife.

The SSSI is valued as a place for quiet time, away from the stresses of academic life, and it's also used as a living laboratory for teaching and research. You don't have to work or study at Swansea University to be able to enjoy Crymlyn Burrows - everyone is welcome to come and visit. 


We rely on volunteers to help keep the Crymlyn Burrows special. Scrub, trees and invasive plants threaten to outcompete the sand dune flora and as a result need controlling. Paths need to be maintained to ensure safe access for visitors. The manmade litter that washes up along the beach needs to be cleared away.

During COVID-19 local lockdowns we are currently only able to offer volunteering opportunities to students living in Neath Port Talbot (including the Bay Campus). Beach cleans are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 12-2pm and habitat management such as cutting and removing invasive shrubs and trees from the dunes are held every Thursday from 10am–2pm.

Places are limited and booking essential. For more information and to book a space search for Swansea University Sustainability events on Eventbrite. Once restrictions are eased we will look forward to welcoming everyone back, so watch this space.


A stones throw away from our Bay Campus, Crymlyn Burrows comprises 244ha of sand dunes, saltmarsh and beach. The area is open for all to enjoy, and is easy to get to by bike (NCN route 4), bus (all routes to the Bay Campus and Fabian Way) and car, with its own pay and display car park on Fabian Way opposite Bay Studios.

Fires and camping are not permitted anywhere on the site and please use the bins provided for litter and dog waste. Dogs must be kept on a lead in the dunes in the spring and summer to protect ground nesting birds, and on the beach in the autumn and winter to protect the shorebird roost. We've put a handy document together to explain why it's so important to look after Crymlyn Burrows. Please read the Crymlyn Burrows Code of Conduct.