Aqualate Mere SSSI - Fringing Reedbed (038)
Staff member responsible: PAUL CANDLIN
Unit Id: 1028645
Unit area (ha): 9.1401
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SJ 771 205
Main habitat: FEN, MARSH AND SWAMP - Lowland
Condition (click for history): Favourable Assessed by: HOLLAND, (TOM)
Last assessed: 23/12/2016 Last field visit: 23/08/2016
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Date of site check: Last CSM assessment: 23/12/2016
Condition assessment comment:

Hydroseral succession accelerated by artificially high rates of sedimentation in the mere?

Eutrophication – The signs of eutrophication Urtica, Phalaris and Glyceria maxima seem more frequent within the wet woodland that succeeds the reedswamp (though I would have thought that the open water will be a source of nutrients).

Some wetland breeding bird populations have suffered big losses or collapses in the wider landscape and region (e.g. waders) and this threatens the viability of the breeding bird assemblages on Aqualate (even if management and condition on the reserve are good). Non-natives – as hydroseral succession occurs and the reedswamp of unit 38 succeeds to wet woodland, it becomes more vulnerable to invasion from the non-natives in unit 42 (e.g. Rhododendron, red currant and Himalayan balsam).

Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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