Bae Cemlyn/ Cemlyn Bay

Site details

UK map showing location of Bae Cemlyn/ Cemlyn Bay Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Bae Cemlyn/ Cemlyn Bay SAC/SCI/cSAC
 

Note:

When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

1150 Coastal lagoons  * Priority feature
Cemlyn lagoon on the north coast of Anglesey, north Wales, is considered to be the best example of a saline coastal lagoon in Wales. The lagoon is separated from the sea by a shingle bank with a narrow channel at the western end, across which a sluice system was built in the 1930s. Seawater exchange occurs mainly through the sluice and by percolation through the shingle bank, although in extreme storms coinciding with spring tides waves break over the top of the shingle bank. Cemlyn lagoon supports a relatively diverse set of species, several of which are specific to lagoons, including the bryozoan Conopeum seurati, the lagoon cockle Cerastoderma glaucum and the lagoonal mud-snail Ventrosia ventrosa. Cemlyn lagoon is also the only site in Wales where the lagoonal isopod Idotea chelipes has been recorded. A number of uncommon plant species are found within the lagoon, including the brackish water-crowfoot Ranunculus baudotii and beaked tasselweed Ruppia maritima.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

1220 Perennial vegetation of stony banks

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Not applicable.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

Not applicable.


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