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Special Areas of Conservation


Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority West Wales and The Valleys
Centroid* SH649297
Latitude 52.84777778
Longitude -4.005
SAC EU Code UK0012945
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 3144.31
* This is the approximate central point of the SAC. In the case of large, linear or composite sites, this may not represent the location where a feature occurs within the SAC.
Location of Rhinog SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (1%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (5%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (75%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (8%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (3%)
  • Improved grassland (3%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (4%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (1%)

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Note When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Rhinog is representative of upland European dry heaths in Wales. On shady slopes, the site contains what is considered to be the best development of H21 Calluna vulgarisVaccinium myrtillusSphagnum capillifolium heath outside Scotland. Other NVC types represented include H8 Calluna vulgarisUlex gallii, H10 Calluna vulgarisErica cinerea, and H12 Calluna vulgarisVaccinium myrtillus heaths.

  • Rhinog in north Wales contains high-quality examples of old sessile oak woods. This woodland is continuous with that in the adjacent Coedydd Derw a Safleoedd Ystlumod Meirion/ Meirionnydd Oakwoods and Bat Sites, and is best considered with that site.

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

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