Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This is a site full of cliffs which are surrounded by grasslands and heathlands. Plants such as the rare yellow whitlowgrass, a Mediterranean species restricted in the UK to south Wales, grow here. Other rarities include small restharrow, goldilocks aster and rock sea-lavenders. 

MPA Type

Special Area of Conservation

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under European legislation. They contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds).

Designation date

1 June 1995

Surface Area

15.95 km2 (6.16 mi.2)

Perimeter

142.99 km (88.85 mi.)

  • Submerged or partially submerged sea caves

    Typically associated with reefs, caves that are either underwater all the time or welcome the sea at high tides, caves provide a habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.

Did you know?…

Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

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