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IPA Factsheet - Great Orme's Head / Pen y Gogarth
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionWales (Caernarvonshire)
Central co-ordinates53o 19' N / 3o 51' W map
Area437
Altitude0 - 207
 

 Site Description The large limestone headland of the Great Orme's Head is an environment little changed since the last Ice Age, and its rich flora still retains its arctic character. It is said to be the finest example of limestone heath in the UK and the shallow soil supports many botanical rarities. It is the only known site of the critically endangered wild cotoneaster.

 Botanical Significance Noted for habitat interest. Vascular plant interest of Calcareous grassland. It is the only known site of the critically endangered wild cotoneaster.

 General Habitat Description Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies: on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia); European dry heaths

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
agriculture (animals)Major
nature conservation and researchMajor
tourism/recreationMajor

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
E1 Dry Grasslands2007200700unknownB
B3 Rock cliffs, ledges & shores, including the supralittoral2012201200unknownB

Threatened Habitats

IPA Habitat code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.AreaData qualityCriteria
6210(*) Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates(Festuco-Brometalia)200720070unknownCi
4030 European dry heaths200020070unknownCii

Protection

DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
Site of Special Scientific InterestPen y Gogarth / Great Ormes Heaprotected area overlaps with IPA309
Special Area of ConservationGreat Orme’s Head / Pen y Gogarthprotected area contained by IPA0
Special Area of ConservationY Fenai a Bae Conwy / Menai Strait and Conwy Bayprotected area is adjacent to IPA1
Site of Special Scientific InterestAber Afon Conwyprotected area is adjacent to IPA1
Site of Special Scientific InterestPen y Gogarth / Great Ormes Headprotected area overlaps with IPA310
Local Nature ReserveGreat Orme’s Headprotected area contained by IPA182

Management

TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes
Protected Area Management PlanGreat Orme’s Head SAC2008
Habitat Management PlanLowland Limestone Grassland HAP2002
Species Management PlanCotoneaster integerrimus (Wild Cotoneaster) SAP2005

Threats

ThreatImportance
consequences of invasive species (plant)high
eutrophicationhigh
abandonment/reduction of land managementhigh
habitat fragmentation/isolationhigh
intrinsic species factors (slow growth, density)low

 Conservation Issues

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Cath ShellswellSite report compiler