Kenfig/Cynffig SAC includes two separate
sand-dune systems, Kenfig and Merthyr Mawr. Both demonstrate a
transition from small, shifting dunes that are still forming to
more fixed and stable dunes further inland. Both systems have
extensive areas of dune grassland and low-lying, wetter, dune
slacks. These dune slacks are amongst the most species-rich in the
UK, supporting communities dominated by a variety of mosses and
higher plants. A number of rare plants, notably fen orchid and a
rare liverwort, petalwort, can also be found in some of the dune
At Merthyr Mawr there is a small amount of salt marsh, a habitat
that is rare on this stretch of coast. Kenfig Pool is a fine
example of a coastal alkaline lake with a moderate nutrient status
which has a rich carpet of stoneworts.
Map of the site showing the legal boundary.
Large Scale Designation Maps showing the legal
of European Sites Entry
The RES entry lists the habitat types or species for which the site
is considered to qualify under the criteria in the 1992 Habitats
and Species Directive.
Details of Kenfig / Cynffig SAC and the Natura 2000 Data
Official Maps docs and Citations
CCWs interactive map of the site.
The conservation objectives are provided as part of a Core
Management Plan which also includes the results of monitoring and
advice on any action required.
The map shows the management units, which makes it easier for
everyone to understand what management is needed in different parts
of the site.
Many designated sites are on private land: the listing of a site
in these pages does not imply any right of public access. For more
information about access please refer to our interactive access
This is a link to the official CCW interactive access map