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Special Areas of Conservation


Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority West Wales and The Valleys
Centroid* SN708719
Latitude 52.33
Longitude -3.8947
SAC EU Code UK0030160
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 42.11
* 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 Grogwynion SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (13%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (12%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (9%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (22%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (7%)
  • Coniferous woodland (11%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (26%)

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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

  • At Gro Ystwyth, waste from past heavy metal mining has combined with natural river gravel to create the foundations of an extensive area of shingle heath on the flood plain of the River Ystwyth below Grogwynion. As the river reworks the gravel in a series of braided channels fresh material is deposited, and a range of seral stages in the development of heath and scrub are found at this site. Lichens are locally dominant in the heath, with a number of uncommon species present including Cladonia fragilissima and C. uncialis ssp. uncialis. Normally montane species, such as Stereocaulon condensatum and Epilichen scabrosus, occur here at an unusually low altitude. Metallophyte lichens of open ground are well-represented, with nationally scarce species, such as Vezdaea acicularis, Gyalidea subscutellaris and Thelocarpon impressellum, occurring amongst patches of sea campion Silene uniflora.

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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