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Special Areas of Conservation

Mwyngloddiau Fforest Gwydir/ Gwydyr Forest Mines

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority West Wales and The Valleys
Centroid* SH795578
Latitude 53.10388889
Longitude -3.801388889
SAC EU Code UK0030161
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 39.13
* 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 Mwyngloddiau Fforest Gwydir/ Gwydyr Forest Mines SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (1%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (6%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (11%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (6%)
  • Improved grassland (1%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (2%)
  • Coniferous woodland (62%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (11%)

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

  • This site includes a series of scattered disused lead and zinc mines with spoil-heaps of varying extent, set among extensive conifer plantations and some agricultural land. The calaminarian assemblage of Gwydir Forest includes forked spleenwort Asplenium septentrionale and alpine penny-cress Thlaspi caerulescens, together with several lichen taxa, but it is especially notable for the local frequency of the near-endemic moss Ditrichum plumbicola.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

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

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