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Special Areas of Conservation

Gower Ash Woods/ Coedydd Ynn Gŵyr

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority East Wales
Centroid* SS574882
Latitude 51.57472222
Longitude -4.059722222
SAC EU Code UK0030157
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 229.63
* 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 Gower Ash Woods/ Coedydd Ynn Gŵyr 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%)

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

  • 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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