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Special Areas of Conservation

Cwm Clydach Woodlands / Coedydd Cwm Clydach

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority West Wales and The Valleys
Centroid* SO207123
Latitude 51.80388889
Longitude -3.15
SAC EU Code UK0030127
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 28.08
* 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 Cwm Clydach Woodlands / Coedydd Cwm Clydach SAC

General site character

  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (9.4%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (1.7%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (88.9%)

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

  • Cwm Clydach Woodlands is an example of Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests close to the northern-western limit of the habitat’s UK and European range and at relatively high altitude. The main wood is on a steep valley side, comprising a mature canopy of large trees with abundant dead wood. Transitions occur to more acidic beech woodland. Rare and characteristic plant species at the site include the whitebeam Sorbus porrigentiformis, mountain sedge Carex montana, yellow bird’s-nest Monotropa hypopitys and bird’s-nest orchid Neottia nidus-avis.

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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