Conservation and Nature Site Designations

Who Cares for Wildlife in Wales?

Natural Resources Wales
Natural Resources Wales
Tŷ Cambria
29 Newport Road
Cardiff
CF24 0TP
Tel: General enquiries: 0300 065 3000 (Mon-Fri, 8am - 6pm)
Incident hotline: 0800 807060 (Freephone, 24 hour service) 
Floodline: 0845 988 1188 (24 hour service) or Type talk 0845 602 6340
Email (General Enquiries): enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk
Web: www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)
CCW merged with Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales to form Natural Resources Wales in April 2013. Contact details above.

Plantlife Wales
Unit 14
Llys Castan
Ffordd y Parc
Parc Menai
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 4FD
Tel: 01248 670691
Web: www.plantlife.org.uk

Forestry Commission Wales (now part of Natural Resources Wales - see contacts above)
Welsh Assembly Government
Rhodfa Padarn
Llanbadarn Fawr
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3UR
Tel: 0300 0680300
Web: www.forestry.gov.uk

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Bryn Awel
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY10 0LZ
Tel: 01691 870278
Web: www.rspb.org.uk/wales

The National Trust
Trinity Square
Llandudno
LL30 2DE
Tel: 01492 860123
Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Afonydd Cymru - Caring for Welsh Rivers
C/O Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust
Environment Agency Wales
Llys Afon
Hawthorn Rise
Haverfordwest
Pembrokeshire
SA61 2BQ
Tel: 01437 783070
Web: www.afonyddcymru.org

The Wildlife Trusts of Wales:

South and West Wales Wildlife Trust
The Wildlife Centre
Cilgerran
Cardigan
SA43 2TB
Tel: 01239 621600
Web: www.welshwildlife.org

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North Wales Wildlife Trust
376 High Street
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 1YE
Tel: 01248 351541
Web: www.northwaleswidlifetrust.org.uk

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Rest of Wales:

Brecknock Wildlife Trust
Lion House
Bethel Square
Brecon
Powys
LD3 7AY
Tel: 01874 625708
Web: www.brecknockwildlifetrust.org.uk

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Gwent Wildlife Trust
Seddon House
Dingestow
Monmouth
NP25 4DY
Tel: 01600 740600
Web: www.gwentwildlife.org

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Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
42, Broad Street
Welshpool
Powys
SY21 7RR
Tel: 01938 555654
Web: www.montwt.co.uk

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Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Warwick House
Llandrindodwells
Powys
LD1 6AG
Tel: 01597 823298
Web: www.radnorshirewildlifetrust.org

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Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (Wales)
National Wetland Centre Wales
Llanelli
Carmarthenshire
SA14 9SH
Tel: 01554 741087
Web: www.wwt.org.uk

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Grasslands Trust
Eastleigh Works
Campbell Road
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 5AD
Tel: 02380 650093
Web: www.grasslands-trust.org

The Woodland Trust Wales (Coed Cadw)
Yr Hen Orsaf
Llanidloes
Powys
SY18 6EB
Tel: 01686 412508
Web: www.treeforall.org.uk/wales

Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust
First Floor
90 Bridge Street
Peterborough
PE1 1DY
Tel: 01733 201210
Web: www.buglife.org.uk

Butterfly Conservation - BC Wales
10 Calvert Terrace
Swansea
W. Glamorganshire
SA1 6AR
Tel: 01792 642972
Web: www.butterfly-conservation.org

The Welsh Kite Trust
Samaria
Nantmel
Llandrindod Wells
Powys
LD1 6EN
Web: www.gigrin.co.uk/w/

Wales Biodiversity Partnership
C/O Wildlife Trusts Wales,
Baltic House,
Mount Stuart Square,
Cardiff Bay,
Telephone: 02920 480 070
Web: www.biodiversitywales.org.uk

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Nature Site Designations

In this section you will find information about the most commonly encountered wildlife, ecology and geology site designations, their legal status (where applicable) and who is responsible for managing them. In the table that follows:

  • NE refers to Natural England (formerly English Nature)
  • NRW refers to Natural Resources Wales
  • SNH refers to Scottish Natural Heritage
  • DoENI refers to Department of Environment Northern Ireland

Title

Designation basis

Statutory Authority

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in UK; Area Of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) in Northern Ireland

UK Legislation NE, NRW, SNH, DoENI
National Nature Reserve (NNR) UK countries NE, NRW, SNH, DoENI
Marine Nature Reserve (MNR) UK Countries NE, NRW, SNH, DoENI
Local Nature Reserve (LNR) UK Local Authorities Local Authority, with agreement of NRW, EN, SNH or DoEI
National Parks UK National Parks Authorities
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) UK In many AONBs there is no statutory management body
Biosphere Reserve UN  
World Heritage Site Worldwide  
Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS) Local RIGS Groups within a Local Authority area
Special Area for Conservation (SAC) Europe NE, NRW, SNH, DoENI
Special Protection Area (SPA) Europe NE, NRW, SNH, DoENI
Ramsar Site Worldwide NE, NRW, SNH, DoENI

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