Merthyr Mawr is of special interest for its sand dune habitats and saltmarsh. Limestone grassland, swamp and intertidal areas add to the interest. The site is also of special interest for plants, fungi and insects associated with the sand dunes and saltmarsh.
Most of the site is privately owned but Bridgend County Borough Council owns part of Newton Burrows, situated at the western end, nearest to Porthcawl. 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.
There is public footpath access to part of the site. Access is permitted to Merthyr Mawr Warren National Nature Reserve, which is served by a car park at Candleston. For detailed maps and information regarding access visit our access map via the resource section below.
This site forms part of Kenfig/Cynffig Special Area of Conservation. The greater part of the site has been declared as Merthyr Mawr Warren National Nature Reserve. Merthyr Mawr means ‘shrine of Myfor’ with merthyr ‘shrine’ and the personal name Myfor; at an early date, however, the personal name was confused with mawr ‘big’. The church is now dedicated to Teilo.
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