Hambury Wood

Wildlife Trust Reserve - Landimore


Hambury Wood is an ancient woodland situated on an ancient sea cliff. Dominated by oak and ash, the wood also supports the occasional field maple, sycamore and dead or dying English elm. The overgrown hazel coppice understory is interspersed with hawthorn, elder and holly with ivy, honeysuckle, bramble, rose and blackthorn. In areas spared the shrubby growth, ramsons and bluebells flower in spring.

A habitat to woodland birds such as Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, and Treecreeper, the wood also offers frequent sightings of Buzzard. Excellent views overlooking Whiteford Point and the Burry Estuary can be obtained from a memorial bench at the centre of the northern edge of the wood. Often seen from here are little egret feeding on the marsh or amazing flocks of wintering wildfowl coming into roost at high tide.

Once known as 'Castle Wood', the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales renamed it, as a memorial to the trust's founding chairman, Col. Jo Hambury, when the reserve was purchased in June 1977.

Access is via the western end of the wood from the unclassified Oldwalls to Llanmadoc road through a stile beside a stone wall. A short walk along the stone wall into the field allows access to the wood through a wicket gate. Car parking is limited to a small lay-by on the side of the road close to the reserve.

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