Mwnt Arable Fields IPA

Location: On the Ceredigion coast 4 miles NE of Cardigan, 3 miles north from Penparc on the A487.

Grid Reference: SN 196 514

Mwnt Arable Fields 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 vascular plants in arable habitat.
  • Mwnt Arable Fields are located on the Welsh coast just north of Cardigan, and cover approximately 20 hectares in three blocks, primarily on glacial sands and clays overlooking Cardigan Bay.

    Many years of study have identified an exceptional flora of local and rare species including annual knawel, small-flowered catchfly, narrow-fruited cornsalad, corn marigold and weasel’s snout, making this probably the single richest complex of arable fields for plants in Wales.

    A long history of arable cultivation, in part, explains the species richness, but at the present time the fields lie under a range of management. The fields form the first Site of Special Scientific Interest selected solely for the arable flora and fauna to be notified in Wales.