Snowdon / Eryri IPA

Location: South east of Bangor, Wales. The A5 from Bangor to Betws-y-Coed runs through it.

Grid Reference: SH 681 598

Snowdon 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 floating water-plantain
  • One of the UK’s most important populations of killarney fern
  • One of the UK’s most important populations of eyebright
  • The species richness of freshwater algae in standing surface waters
  • The species richness of freshwater algae in bogs
  • The species richness of lichens on inland cliffs, rock pavements and outcrops
  • The species richness of lichens on screes
  • The species richness of vascular plants on inland rock
  • One of the best UK examples of threatened habitats of:
    Nutrient poor lakes with sparse vegetation;
    Rivers with abundant Water Crowfoots;
    Calcareous rocks with crack & fissure vegetation;
    Ungrazed upland cliff ledges on calcareous rocks;
    Nutrient poor lakes with sparse vegetation;
    Acidic alpine grassland;
    Acid rocks with crack & fissure vegetation;
    Acidic montane scree
  • This IPA includes all upland areas of Snowdonia north of Betws-y-Coed.

    It contains a diversity of habitats including heath and grassland, inland cliffs, rocks and screes and upland lakes, bogs and streams. These support a wealth of plants from lichens and freshwater algae to vascular plants.