Gower Ash Woods/ Coedydd Ynn Gŵyr
|Unitary Authority||East Wales|
|SAC EU Code||UK0030157|
|Status||Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)|
|* 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.|
General site character
Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (3.8%)
Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (3%)
Improved grassland (2.5%)
Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (90.6%)
Coniferous woodland (NaN%)
Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (NaN%)
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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
9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines * Priority feature
Gower Ash Woods comprises one of the most extensive areas of Tilio-Acerion forest in Wales and is near the western extreme of the habitat’s range in the UK. The woods are formed along a series of largely inter-linked valleys and ravines cut into Carboniferous limestone, and also on coastal slopes and cliffs with unique transitions through scrub to sand dunes, freshwater marsh and saltmarsh. The woods have a great diversity of trees and shrubs, including ash Fraxinus excelsior, sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus, pedunculate oak Quercus robur, small-leaved lime Tilia cordata, field-maple Acer campestre, dogwood Cornus sanguinea and spindle Euonymus europaeus. The ground flora is rich, with dramatic vernal displays of ramsons Allium ursinum and bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta and characteristic species such as hart’s-tongue Phyllitis scolopendrium. Rare species include purple gromwell Lithospermum purpureocaeruleum and butcher’s-broom Ruscus aculeatus.
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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