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Special Areas of Conservation

Brecon Beacons/ Bannau Brycheiniog

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority East Wales
Centroid* SO024211
Latitude 51.88
Longitude -3.416944444
SAC EU Code UK0030096
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 268.63
* 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 Brecon Beacons/ Bannau Brycheiniog SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (1.9%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (20.7%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (52.9%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (24.5%)

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

  • The Old Red Sandstone cliffs of the Brecon Beacons support the most southerly representation of Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation in the UK. The relatively high base-status of the actively eroding rocks has resulted in a chasmophytic flora which is comparatively rich for this southerly site. Species include purple saxifrage Saxifraga oppositifolia at its most southerly British location, green spleenwort Asplenium viride, brittle bladder-fern Cystopteris fragilis and several rare Hieracium spp. Nationally scarce bryophyte species include Plagiopus oederianus and Scapania aequiloba.

  • The Brecon Beacons support Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation on a number of cliffs and rock-faces. The more siliceous sites are often towards the top of the cliffs, where the calcareous cements have been leached out, with a transition to more calcareous chasmophytic vegetation lower down the face. Species found in this habitat include fir clubmoss Huperzia selago, serrated wintergreen Orthilia secunda and the nationally scarce bryophytes Brachydontium trichodes and Rhabdoweisia crenulata.

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • Not Applicable

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