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Special Areas of Conservation

Sugar Loaf Woodlands

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority West Wales and The Valleys
Centroid* SO295166
Latitude 51.84333333
Longitude -3.023055556
SAC EU Code UK0030072
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 173.09
* 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 Sugar Loaf Woodlands SAC

General site character

  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (23.3%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (76.7%)

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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

  • Sugar Loaf Woodlands are the largest example of old sessile oak woods near the south-eastern fringe of the habitat’s range in the UK and Europe. The relatively dry situation restricts the development of the Atlantic flora associated with the habitat, but the main floristic components of sessile oak Quercus petraea canopy, acidic ground flora (typically of bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus and wavy hair-grass Deschampsia flexuosa) and extensive fern and bryophyte cover are in place. The woodland is grazed, but regenerates within gaps and at the fringes, where transitions to upland grassland and heath communities occur.

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • Not Applicable

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