Anglesey Dunes IPA

Location: Southern tip of the island of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast.

Grid Reference: SH 397 648

Anglesey Dunes IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • One of the UK’s most important populations of Shore dock
  • The species richness of stoneworts in coastal dune and sand habitats
  • The species richness of vascular plants in coastal dune and sand habitats
  • One of the best UK examples of threatened habitats of:
    Dunes with creeping willow;
    Very young mobile dunes;
    Fixed dunes;
    Humid dune slacks;
    Shifting dunes along the shoreline

    The long lines of sand dunes at Anglesey have formed from wind blown sand, which was moved inland by the prevailing westerly winds.
  • The dunes continually shift, although they are stabilised primarily by marram grass. The valleys of the dunes are known as ‘slacks’, which are rich, fertile areas, which support orchids, violets, thyme and clover.

    The rare species shore dock occurs along a small streambed and on damp pond edges.