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Conservation features

The term conservation feature refers to a specific habitat or species, as listed under the Habitats Directive, for which the SAC has been selected. The Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau SAC has twelve conservation features. Nine of these conservation features are habitats and three are species.

In relation to these qualifying habitats and species, the Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau SAC is considered to be one of the best areas in the UK for:

  • Reefs
  • Large shallow inlets and bays
  • Sandbanks which are slightly covered by seawater all the time
  • Estuaries
  • Coastal lagoons

And to support a significant presence of:

  •  Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae)
  •  Salicornia and other annuals colonising mud and sand
  • Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide
  • Submerged or partially submerged sea caves
  • Halichoerus grypus – grey seal
  • Lutra lutra – otter
  • Tursiops truncatus – bottlenose dolphin 

Information about the species and habitats above can be found using the links. For more detailed information and access to the references used please download a copy of the regulation 33 advice from CCW.

Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau SAC – Indicative map of the habitats

(Please note that this is an indicative map showing the general location and should only be used as a guide.)

Courtesy of Eaton Nature photogaphy Courtesy of Eaton Nature photogaphy


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