Meirionnydd Oakwoods IPA

Location: East of the Snowdonia National Park, with Blaenau Fffestiniog to the north and Machynlleth to the south. The A470 runs to the east and the A496 to the west.

Grid Reference: SH 731 223

Meirionnydd Oakwoods IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • The species richness of bryophytes in broadleaved deciduous woodland
  • The species richness of lichens in broadleaved deciduous woodland
  • One of the best UK examples of threatened habitats of:
    Flood plain and riverside forests with Alder;
    Old oak woodlands with holly;
    Dry heaths
  • The Meirionnydd Oakwoods are a very large example of old sessile oak woods in north Wales, with an outstanding Atlantic flora of bryophytes and lichens.

    The woods, primarily of sessile oak with an acidic ground flora, extend along a series of inter-connected valleys, with a wide variety of slopes and aspects, and include many narrow ravines and gorges. The woods also contain an extensive area of alder woodland, rich in dead wood.

    There is a plenteous ground flora, with notable plant species including globe-flower and touch-me-not balsam. These woods are scattered over an area of some 1700 hectares.