Traeth Lafan/ Lavan Sands, Conway Bay

Site overview: This area is close to Bangor in north-west Wales and is made up of large sand and mud-flats. Freshwater streams flow across the flats mixing with the salty sea water - creating a unique environment. Wintering waterbirds like the oystercatcher come here to nest, it acts as a sort of spillover area when the nearby Dee Estuary is full!

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


53° 15' 18" North,
4° 2' 46" West

Surface Area

27.05 km2
(10.44 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes


  • Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Common redshank (Tringa totanus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)