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inland-species

Inland species

Two types of snake – the grass snake and adder – both live on Gower along with common lizards and slow worms.

The clean freshwater streams and rivers have been recolonised by otters, making Gower one of the most important otter habitats in the UK. Numbers have been steadily rising over the last 20 years and they can occasionally be seen hunting in the sea and estuaries during the day.

Stoats and weasels are also at home here and are called “vair” in the local Gower dialect. They are efficient hunters and often prey on small mammals such as mice and shrew.