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Special Areas of Conservation

Alyn Valley Woods/ Coedwigoedd Dyffryn Alun

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority East Wales, West Wales and The Valleys
Centroid* SJ196630
Latitude 53.15861111
Longitude -3.201388889
SAC EU Code UK0030078
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 166.67
* 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 Alyn Valley Woods/ Coedwigoedd Dyffryn Alun SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (2.9%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (4.2%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (1.1%)
  • Improved grassland (0.1%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (84.9%)
  • Mixed woodland (5.1%)
  • Non-forest areas cultivated with woody plants (including Orchards, groves, Vineyards, Dehesas) (0.4%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (0.1%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (1.2%)

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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

  • Alyn Valley Woods holds one of the largest continuous areas of Tilio-Acerion forest in Wales, and is one of three sites selected to represent the geographic range and variation of the habitat on the Carboniferous limestone of north Wales. The canopy is predominantly of ash Fraxinus excelsior and sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus, with an understorey and ground flora typical of Tilio-Acerion in the UK. Rare or distinctive species include herb Paris Paris quadrifolia, stinking hellebore Helleborus foetidus, green-flowered helleborine Epipactis phyllanthes, toothwort Lathraea squamaria and spurge laurel Daphne laureola. The site also holds the region’s largest population of wayfaring tree Viburnum lantana.

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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