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Added by Kenji on 30 Nov 2014 08:18
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The Lovely River Wye

Voted the most loved and the fifth longest river in Britain (134 miles, 216 km), the Wye (Afon Gwy in Welsh) flows South East from its source in the Welsh mountains at Plynlimon, through mid Wales, into England, and then South along the border. Towns and villages on its journey include Rhayader, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford (the only city on the river), Ross-on-Wye, Symonds Yat, Monmouth, Tintern, and Chepstow, below which it meets the Severn estuary .

"The River Wye forms two Sites of Special Scientific Interest, one covering the Upper Wye (Gwy Uchaf) above Hay-on-Wye, and one covering the Lower Wye (Gwy Isaf) downstream to Chepstow. The criteria for inclusion of the river as an SSSI include geology, topography, flora, mammals, invertebrates, fish and birdlife, as the river and its tributaries constitute a large linear ecosystem. The Lower Wye SSSI is itself divided into seven units of assessment set by Natural England, and administrative responsibilities are shared between the county authorities of Powys, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, and Monmouthshire. The Wye abuts a range of other SSSIs in England and Wales, including the Upper Wye Gorge and Lower Wye Gorge.

It is also a Special Area of Conservation and one of the most important rivers in the UK for nature conservation. It is an important migration route and wildlife corridor, as well as a key breeding area for many nationally and internationally important species. The river supports a range of species and habitats covered by European Directives and those listed under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. In Powys the river lies within the Radnorshire Environmentally Sensitive Area. Much of the lower valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty."

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