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IPA Factsheet - Mwnt Arable Fields
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionWales (Cardiganshire)
Central co-ordinates52o 7' N / 4o 37' W map
Area20
Altitude20 - 150
 

 Site Description Three blocks of arable fields. The fields have a number of different owners which includes the National Trust and are managed under different forms some in arable cultivation some in fallow and some as grassland.

 Botanical Significance The site is an Important Arable Plant Area of European importance. Fumitory Fumaria species, subspecies and variants are prominent alongside a range of other uncommon taxa, many of which are anciently-naturalised and occur here at the edge of their range. More than 60 species of wild plants of arable fields have been recorded from this site. There are good populations of the nationally scarce small-flowered catchfly Silene gallica and of the regionally rare species, sharp-leaved fluellen Kickxia elatine, weasel’s snout Misopates orontium, annual knawel Scleranthus annuus, dwarf spurge Euphorbia exigua, small-flowered buttercup Ranunculus parviflorus and cornfield knotgrass Polygonum rurivagum.

 General Habitat Description The site incorporates three blocks of arable fields, located to the east of Foel y Mwnt and south-west of Mwnt towards Cardigan Island, at altitudes between 20 and 60 m. These fields abut onto the north-facing coastal cliffs and slopes and their underling clay soils are replaced towards the seaward margin by light, shale-rich soils or locally by bedrock composed of Lower Palaeozoic (Ordovician) mudstones and shales. Caeau Crug Bychan, Ty Gwyn a Llwyn Ysgaw support a species-rich wild plant community (SSSI citation)

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
agriculture (arable)Major
agriculture (animals)Major
militaryMinor

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
I1 Arable land & market gardens2007200700unknownB

Threatened Habitats

IPA Habitat code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.AreaData qualityCriteria

Protection

DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
Site of Special Scientific InterestCaeau Crug Bychan, Ty Gwyn a Llwyn Ysgawprotected area contained by IPA20
Site of Special Scientific InterestAberarth - Carreg Wylanprotected area is adjacent to IPA0

Management

TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes
Other
Protected Area Management PlanMwnt Arable Fields SSSI
Habitat Management PlanCereal Field Margins HAP2002
Species Management PlanSilene gallica SAP2002

Threats

ThreatImportance
agricultural intensification/expansion (arable)high
abandonment/reduction of land managementlow
agricultural intensification/expansion (grazing)high
habitat fragmentation/isolationhigh

 Conservation Issues

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Cath ShellswellSite report compiler