Almost two thirds of Swansea beach is of international importance for overwintering migratory birds e.g. ringed plover and sanderling. The birds come to Blackpill to rest and feed in order to get ready for their next breeding season. The site was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1986. The Blackpill Wildlife Centre, set up within the Lido Lifeguard hut, is used during the winter months as a base for viewing the wildfowl, waders and gulls that feed on Swansea Bay. It is managed by the RSPB local group under an arrangement with the City and County of Swansea. The Centre has interpretation panels and provides binoculars, a telescope and identification guides to help with bird identification. For more information go to www.sustainableswansea.net/blackpill-wildlife-centre.html.
Bird watchers gather every fortnight during the winter months.
The Blackpill SSSI is home to many bird species.