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Special Areas of Conservation

Usk Bat Sites/ Safleoedd Ystlumod Wysg

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority East Wales, West Wales and The Valleys
Centroid* SO190145
Latitude 51.824
Longitude -3.176
SAC EU Code UK0014784
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1686.025
* 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 Usk Bat Sites/ Safleoedd Ystlumod Wysg SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (0.4%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (40.2%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (32.2%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (3.8%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (3%)
  • Alpine and sub-Alpine grassland (3.9%)
  • Improved grassland (5.3%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (3.4%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (3%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (4.8%)

Download the Natura 2000 standard data form for this site as submitted to Europe (PDF <100kb)

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

  • Not Applicable

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

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

  • 1303 Lesser horseshoe bat Rhinolophus hipposideros

    The Usk Valley area in south-east Wales contains one of the largest maternity roosts for lesser horseshoe bat Rhinolophus hipposideros as well as a number of important hibernacula in caves in the area. The area contains up to 5% of the UK population, though counts in hibernation sites suggest this may be an underestimate.

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

  • Not Applicable

Many designated sites are on private land: the listing of a site in these pages does not imply any right of public access.