RIVER WYE (LOWER WYE) SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST (SSSI)
RIVER WYE CANDIDATE SPECIAL AREA OF CONSERVATION (cSAC)
The River Wye is considered to be one of the best and longest examples of a near natural river system in England and Wales. The range of plant and animal communities reflect a transition from nutrient poor, in the head waters, to naturally nutrient rich water chemistry in the lower reaches. The special interest includes otter, migratory fish, particularly the Allis and Twaite shad and salmon, and rare aquatic plant and invertebrate assemblages. The River is therefore designated as an SSSI and is a candidate Special Area of Conservation under the European Union's Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora (92/43/EEC).
A list of Operations Likely to Damage Special Interest (OLDSI) has been prepared by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) who should be consulted by owners and occupiers before any of the works listed on the OLDSI are carried out. This consultation is aimed at safeguarding the special interests of the River. The fact that the River is a candidate SAC requires any plans or projects to be assessed more vigorously to ensure that the SAC features are appropriately conserved.
Reasons for recommendation as a candidate Special Area of Conservation
Area Name: River Wye/Afon Gwy
Local Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Ceredigion, Monmouthshire,
Component SSSI: Marcheini Uplands, Giffach Farm and Gamalit River Lugg
River Wye (Lower Wye)/Afon Gwy (Gwy Isaf) River Wye (Upper Wye)/Afon Gwy (Gwy Uchaf)
This area has been put forward as a candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) because it contains habitat types and/or species which are rare or threatened within a European context. The SSSI citation describes the special interests for which the site was notified in the British context. (NB Not for marine interests below mean low water mark). The interests for which the site was selected as a SSSI may differ from the interests selected in a European context.
Biodiversity Action Plan Habitats and Species
See Appendix 1 in relation to the Allis and Twaite shad which also applies to the River Wye
Statutorily Protected species
See Appendix 1 for a list of the statutorily protected species for the River Wye
Management Plan Index
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