Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - Midrips (006)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029285
Unit area (ha): 61.9587
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TR 003 183
Main habitat: NEUTRAL GRASSLAND - Lowland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Favourable Assessed by: GREENSLADE, (PETER)
Last assessed: 19/08/2009 Last assessment field visit: 19/08/2009
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 19/08/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: The unit includes a complex of saline lagoons, a shingle ridge and species-poor grassland and marshy vegetation in lower-lying parts. The area has suffered extensive burning within the past 6 months. Good quality vegetation is present and some scarce plants were noted. The fossil geomorphology appears to be largely intact. The pattern of shingle ridges is discernable in parts of the unit and there are no indications of recent damage. The central shingle ridge has suffered extensive burning. It includes the characteristic range of species including wood sage, sea campion, English stonecrop, bryophyte/lichen mats and sheep?s sorrel. The vegetation in the lower parts indicates the influence of wetter conditions and there are some extensive stands of reed which will be of value for birds. There are also large stands of sea clubrush and areas of a dense turf of creeping bent. In slightly drier parts the vegetation includes patches of lesser trefoil, creeping thistle, smooth tare, red clover and birdsfoot trefoil growing amongst couch grass, Yorkshire fog and false oat. The seaward end of the area includes a complex of lagoons and hollows with a saline influence. The lagoons appear to be in good condition with no indications of recent modification. There are extensive stands of fringing samphire and occasional patches of the nationally scarce shrubby seablite. The saline hollows have areas dominated by sea clubrush with frequent sea aster, sea beet, sea plantain, sea arrow-grass and sand spurrey. A small patch of the nationally scarce slender hare?s-ear was noted. The vegetation is in good condition with no indications of threats at present.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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