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Landscape & wildlife Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

Aber Afon Conwy

Aber Afon Conwy is of special interest for its mixture of marine and intertidal habitats and species, as well as the nationally important belted beauty moth. The tidal reach of the site extends approximately 16 kilometres, encompassing Conwy Bay between Penmaenbach Point and Great Orme’s Head at its seaward limit, to its upstream boundary south of Tal y Cafn. The shoreline is backed by natural rock and boulder clay cliff, sand dune, salt marsh and woodland.

Aber Afon Conwy SSSI aerial photo

© This orthophotography has been produced by COWI A/S from digital photography captured by them in 2006. Licensed by the Welsh Assembly Government's Department for Environment, Planning and Countryside.

Managing this site

The site is in multiple ownership including Public bodies, private individuals, private companies and the National Trust. The special features of this SSSI and CCW’s views about site management have been summarised in a Site Management Statement, addressed to the owners and managers of the land. The statement can be found in the resource section below.

Access information

The estuary is utilised for recreational boat use and the foreshore is accessible in places. For detailed maps and information regarding access visit our access map via the resource section below.

Other information

The site forms part of Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay Special Area of Conseravtion. Aber is the mouth (aber) of a river (afon). The river name Conwy is very old, recorded in the 1st century as Canovium by the Romans for their fort at Caerhun some four miles south of the present town of Conwy. The Romans regularly adopted the names of rivers for their forts and so Canovium is a fairly close representation of the Brythonic name which probably corresponds to modern Welsh cawn ‘reeds’. The river name also has the suffix -wy found in some river names.




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