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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.


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.

Broadwater 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 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 information

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.

Other information

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.




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