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Special Areas of Conservation

Coedydd Aber

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority West Wales and The Valleys
Centroid* SH664713
Latitude 53.22222222
Longitude -4.001388889
SAC EU Code UK0030118
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 345.88
* 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 Coedydd Aber SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (5%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (7%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (74%)
  • Coniferous woodland (14%)

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

  • Coedydd Aber is the largest continuous area of old sessile oak wood along the north Wales coast, and gives geographic representation of the habitat between the large examples further south in Wales, and those to the north in Cumbria. The main woodland extends along a valley, rising steeply from near sea level. The canopy consists largely of sessile oak Quercus petraea and downy birch Betula pubescens, but there are intricate transitions to ash Fraxinus excelsior woodland and extensive areas of alder Alnus glutinosa woodland. The ground flora is diverse, reflecting complex edaphic and management variations. There is a rich lower-plant flora, including the rare mosses Fissidens rufulus and Philonotis rigida, and the lichens Degelia plumbea and Lobaria amplissima. The site is also important for its breeding bird assemblage.

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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