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.

As with all aspects of life, the global pandemic has disrupted our usual programme of wildlife walks, events and volunteering. If you live nearby, the dunes of Crymlyn Burrows offer lots of space for fresh air and exercise as well as seeing some of the best wildlife that Swansea has to offer – please explore responsibly!

When regulations permit, we look forward to welcoming everyone back to our safe, socially-distanced activities, but for now all organised beach cleans, volunteering and walks are on hold. All activities will be advertised and booked through our Eventbrite page, 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.