‘Exploring Gower’s Ancient Woodland’ took the tithe maps as a starting point for a series of ancient woodland surveys on the Gower peninsula. Volunteers from a range of environmental organisations undertook surveys of ancient woodland indicator species in areas of woodland that were marked on the tithe map, thus confirming through their recording of the flora the ancient woodland status of the woods and measuring their comparative biodiversity.

As well as the survey data, the project also resulted in a leaflet describing six walks in Gower’s ancient woods and what to look out for, and a teacher’s pack with related online resources to help primary school teachers to organise woodland-based activities. The leaflet and teacher’s pack were launched at the forest classroom in Bishop’s Wood nature reserve on a very wet and muddy spring day together with children from Bishopston Primary School, Swansea