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Location United Kingdom, Wales
Central coordinates 3o 40.40' West  52o 14.78' North
IBA criteria B3, C6
Area 29,916 ha
Altitude 141 - 641m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description One of the most important areas of hill country in Wales, this area is dominated by blocks of upland rising to 460 m, separated by steep-sided valleys. The uplands are covered by Calluna heath and mire, with woodland and grassland in the valleys. The cliff crags hold an interesting flora, whilst the Quercus woodland supports many mosses, liverworts and lichens. The IBA supports a wide range of breeding birds, including five species of raptor.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  2002  12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Red Kite Milvus milvus resident  2000  12-17 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Near Threatened 
Red Kite Milvus milvus winter  1996  50 individuals  good  C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cwm Doethie - Mynydd Mallaen Habitats Directive 4,109 protected area overlaps with site 3,868  
Cwm Doethie - Mynydd Mallaen Site of Special Scientific Interest 6,187 protected area overlaps with site 5,890  
Elenydd Site of Special Scientific Interest 22,770 protected area contained by site 22,770  
Elenydd - Mallaen Birds Directive 29,916 is identical to site 29,916  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams  -
Coastline Inland cliffs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Elenydd - Mallaen. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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