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Special Areas of Conservation

North West Pembrokeshire Commons/ Comins Gogledd Orllewin Sir Benfro

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority West Wales and The Valleys
Centroid* SM776273
Latitude 51.90055556
Longitude -5.233888889
SAC EU Code UK0030229
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 247.06
* 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 North West Pembrokeshire Commons/ Comins Gogledd Orllewin Sir Benfro SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (0.3%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (14.4%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (29.7%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (0.2%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (42%)
  • Improved grassland (0.4%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (11.6%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (1.4%)

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

  • North West Pembrokeshire Commons support an important area of European dry heath which consists predominantly of humid H4 Ulex galliiAgrostis curtisii heath but also with smaller amounts of dry H8 Calluna vulgarisUlex gallii heath. The humid heath is an atypical form from that described in the NVC in that bristle bent Agrostis curtisii is absent, but in all other respects the heath conforms to the NVC description, and is the westernmost example of this vegetation type in Wales. The heath forms part of a set of excellent transitions between dry and humid heath to wet heath, various forms of fen meadow vegetation and other habitats. Notable species associated with the heath include pale dog-violet Viola lactea and yellow centaury Cicendia filiformis.

  • Species occurrence description not yet available.

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

  • 1831 Floating water-plantain Luronium natans

    Floating water-plantain Luronium natans in Pembrokeshire is relatively isolated from its central and north Wales population centres and it occupies a distinctive – and now highly relict – habitat here, in heathland pools. The species was recorded at Dowrog in the early 19th century but it has only recently been rediscovered, following extensive remedial management. Here, in shallow rain-fed pools, it flowers and sets seed prolifically, almost certainly enabling colonisation of transient habitat elsewhere.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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