The special features of the site are the
lagoon – the only example of an enclosed percolation lagoon in
Wales, sand dunes, saltmarsh, the vegetated shingle spit, mudflats,
reed swamp, and rare plants including the orchid autumn
lady’s-tresses, yellow horned poppy and wild celery. Broadwater is
also of local importance for its wintering wildfowl and breeding
birds which include ringed plover, redshank, skylark, cormorant,
shelduck and a small flock of eider duck.
© 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
Managing this site
The site is part owned by the Crown Estates and the MOD, the
rest of the site is under private ownership. 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 is restricted to numerous public footpaths within the
site. For detailed maps and information regarding access visit our
access map via the resource section below.
This site forms part of the Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula
and the Sarnau Special Area of Conservation. The lagoon has been
called Broadwater or Broad Water quite appropriately in view of its
width adjacent to Morfa Gwyllt ‘wild sea-marsh’. The name is
recent, the only English name in the area, and which can possibly
be ascribed to waterworks here.