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IPA Factsheet - Cambrian Mountains Orefield
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionWales (Breconshire, Caernarvonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire)
Central co-ordinates51o 48' N / 3o 45' W map
Area306
Altitude60 - 580
 

 Site Description Twelve long-abandoned heavy metal mine sites and an area of heavy metal rich river shingle beside the Afon Ysywyth comprise this site. Together they support some of the most important areas for metal tolerant or metal-demanding mosses, lichens and higher plants. Natural outcrops of heavy metals have been so heavily exploited only secondary anthropogenic sites remain.

 Botanical Significance Noted for lichen and habitat interest. Hotspots for threatened lichens of old metalliferous mine workings. Calaminarian grasslands of the Violetalia calaminariae.

 General Habitat Description Metalliferous mine spoil

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
extraction (minerals)Major

Threatened Species

Species NameIPA Assess.Species Assess.AbundanceData qualityCriteria

Botanical Richness

EUNIS level 2 code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.% of indicator speciesNo. SpeciesNational BiotopeData qualityCriteria
J3 Extractive industrial sites2007200700unknownB
H5 Miscellaneous inland habitats with very sparse or no vegetation200700unknownB

Threatened Habitats

IPA Habitat code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.AreaData qualityCriteria
6130 Calaminarian grasslands of the Violetalia calaminariae20070unknownCii

Protection

DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
Site of Special Scientific InterestMWYNGLODDFA NANT-Y-CAGLprotected area overlaps with IPA8
Site of Special Scientific InterestCWMSYMLOGprotected area contained by IPA4
Site of Special Scientific InterestMWYNGLODDFA CASTELprotected area overlaps with IPA4
Special Area of ConservationElenyddprotected area overlaps with IPA179
Special Area of ConservationGrogwynion (Gro Ystwyth)protected area contained by IPA42
Special Protection AreaElenydd Mallaenprotected area overlaps with IPA166
Site of Special Scientific InterestDylife Mineprotected area contained by IPA4
Site of Special Scientific InterestElendyddprotected area overlaps with IPA166
Site of Special Scientific InterestGro Ystwythprotected area overlaps with IPA42
Site of Special Scientific InterestMwyngloddfa Castellprotected area contained by IPA4
Site of Special Scientific InterestMwyngolddfa Cwmbrwynoprotected area contained by IPA3
Site of Special Scientific InterestMwyngolddfa Cwmystwythprotected area contained by IPA14
Site of Special Scientific InterestMwyngolddfa Nant-y-Cagl (Eaglebrook Mine)protected area contained by IPA8
Site of Special Scientific InterestRiver Wye (Upper Wye) / Afon Gwy (Gwy Uchaf)protected area contained by IPA544

Management

TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes
Protected Area Management PlanCore Management Plan for Elenydd2008
Protected Area Management PlanCore management Plan for Grogwynion2008
Species Management PlanDitrichum plumbicola (Lead-moss)2002

Threats

ThreatImportance
forestry (afforestation)high
consequences of invasive species (plant)high
habitat fragmentation/isolationlow
intrinsic species factors (slow growth, density)low

 Conservation Issues

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Cath ShellswellSite report compiler