Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - South Brooks (011)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029290
Unit area (ha): 122.9361
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TR 029 183
Main habitat: NEUTRAL GRASSLAND - Lowland
Date of last site check: Checked by:
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: Jo Dear
Last assessed: 09/09/2013 Last assessment field visit: 19/08/2009
ISA Survey: View Surveys
Last CSM assessment: 19/08/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: The fossil geomorphology appears to be largely intact although there some disturbance in the lower lying parts. The cut and bale regime carried out by the MOD to the northern parts is helping improve this area for legumes and should provide results if maintained by providing pollen/nectar sources. Ditches are phragmites dominated with some sea club rush present in places. The southern part of the unit shows more evidence of typical shingle communities with lichen mats present where soils are thinner. Plenty of wild carrot/parsnip and sedges present in patches. The dry gassy areas have a very long sward height, shorter only in areas subject to occassional burns and paths. Reedbeds are found in southern part of the unit though many dry at this time of year. Some areas have become scrubbed over but overall area of scrub scrub is in isolated patches and may benefit invertebrates.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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