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West Glamorgan Stepping Stones

West Glamorgan Stepping Stones will gather important survey data for invertebrates, reptiles and plants on five brownfield sites in south Wales, to help restore 48 hectares of brownfield habitat.

Project sites include Kilvey Hill and Pluck Lake in Swansea, and Bryn Tip, Cymmer Coal Tip and Tata Steel in Neath Port Talbot. 

The survey data gathered will be used to inform habitat management for species such as the Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis), Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum), dingy skipper (Erynnis tages), common lizard, slowworm and the wide variety of wildlife that find refuge on brownfield sites.

With the help of local experts we’ll discover the wildlife that resides on these sites and use this information to manage them appropriately.

Kilvey Hill, Swansea © Buglife

Kilvey Hill, Swansea © Buglife

Habitat management is likely to include:

  • scrub thinning
  • removal of invasive, non-native species such as cotoneaster
  • creation of habitat piles and reptile refugia
  • creation of wildflower meadows, bee banks and bare ground scrapes


Industrial heritage

These sites are closely linked to West Glamorgan’s industrial heritage of copper, tin and coal mining. Swansea was once known as ‘Copperopolis - the copper capital of the world’.

The extent and scale of the industrialisation that took place in this region at a time when there were no environmental controls in place, created a legacy of contaminated land. However, it is these types of sites that now form some of the best wildlife habitats in the local area.

Project Partnership

We will be working closely with project partners Swansea Council, Neath Port Talbot Council and Tata Steel to raise awareness of the importance of brownfield habitats.

We’ll also be working with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Bumblebee Conservation who carry out surveys and training events for members of the local community. A number of community events such as bug ID workshops, bioblitzes and moth trapping sessions will take place over the next 3 years and there will be many opportunities to become involved.

If you would like to get involved with  the West Glamorgan Stepping Stones project, there is more information in our volunteer section.

The West Glamorgan Stepping Stones project is funded by WREN.


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