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IPA Factsheet - Cadair Idris
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionWales (Merioneth)
Central co-ordinates52o 42' N / 3o 54' W map
Area7508
Altitude30 - 863
 

 Site Description This towering mountain area contains some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Wales and is home to a range of upland plant communities.

 Botanical Significance Noted for vascular, habitat and bryophyte interest. Euphrasia hotspot. Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation; Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the IsoŽto-Nanojuncetea; Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation; Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsietalia ladani).

 General Habitat Description Cliffs and rocky outcrops support lichens, bryophytes and vascular plants, and there are mountain lakes, areas of grass with an endemic eyebright species, heathland, mire and moss and liverwort and lichen-rich Sessile Oak woodland

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
agriculture (animals)Major
forestryMinor
tourism/recreationMinor

Threatened Species

Species NameIPA Assess.Species Assess.AbundanceData qualityCriteria
Trichomanes speciosum Willd.20122012unknownunknownA(i), A(ii)

Botanical Richness

EUNIS level 2 code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.% of indicator speciesNo. SpeciesNational BiotopeData qualityCriteria
C1 Surface standing waters200700unknownB
G1 Broadleaved deciduous woodland2012201200unknownB

Threatened Habitats

IPA Habitat code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.AreaData qualityCriteria
3130 Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters witth vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or Isoeto-Nanjuncet20070unknownCii
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation20070unknownCii
8220 Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation20070unknownCii
8110 Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsetalia ladani)20070unknownCii

Protection

DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
Site of Special Scientific InterestCadair Irisprotected area contained by IPA501
Special Area of ConservationCadair Idrisprotected area contained by IPA3780
Special Area of ConservationCoedydd Derw a Safleoedd Ystlumod Meirion / Merionprotected area overlaps with IPA3780
National Nature ReserveCadair Idrisprotected area contained by IPA437

Management

TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes
Protected Area Management PlanCore Management Plan for Cadair Idris SAC2008
Habitat Action Plan (HAP)Upland Oakwood2002
Protected Area Management PlanCore Management Plan for Cadair Idris SAC2008
Protected Area Management Plan Meirionnydd Oakwoods and Bat Sites SAC2008
Habitat Action Plan (HAP)Mesotrophic Lakes2002
Habitat Action Plan (HAP)Upland Calcareous Grassland2002
Habitat Action Plan (HAP)Upland Heathland2002
Habitat Action Plan (HAP)Upland Oakwood2002
Habitat Action Plan (HAP)Wet Woodland2002
Species Action Plan (SAP)Sematophyllum demissum (Prostrate Feather-moss)2005
Species Action Plan (SAP)Grouped plan for eyebrights2002

Threats

ThreatImportance
eutrophicationhigh
abandonment/reduction of land managementmedium
climate change/ sea level risemedium
forestry (afforestation)low
intrinsic species factors (slow growth, density)low

 Conservation Issues

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Cath ShellswellSite report compiler