Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - South Brooks Shingle (013)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029292
Unit area (ha): 153.0303
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TR 036 182
Main habitat: SUPRALITTORAL SEDIMENT
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: GREENSLADE, (PETER)
Last assessed: 19/08/2009 Last assessment field visit: 19/08/2009
ISA Survey: View Surveys
Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 19/08/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: This unit includes one of the major shingle ridges on the site. It has been subject to gross disturbance in the past and there is on-going, localised damage associated with the training serials. However, large areas are now left undisturbed and there is evidence of some vegetation recolonisation. Small areas of good quality shingle ridge vegetation are present and there are small saline hollows in the area closer to the coast. The fossil geomorphology has been significantly affected by the movement of shingle associated with the construction of the narrow-gauge railway in the southern part and the operation of the firing range. Areas of dry shingle ridge vegetation are present along both margins of the unit. Sea campion is locally dominant but in most areas the turf is made up by bryophyte/lichen mats with wood sage, sheep?s sorrel, English stonecrop, and sweet vernal grass with occasional thrift. Dodder was noted in this vegetation. There are small amounts of bramble and gorse in some of the areas on the eastern side but cover is not sufficiently high to cause concern and no exotic species which might have adverse impacts were noted. In some of the areas which have suffered disturbance there is scattered growth of the low form of broom and very few other plants. There are two small areas in the southern part of the unit with saline hollows. These have stands of sea rush, sea club-rush, and reed with occasional sea beet and the uncommon plant brookweed. One of the areas shows evidence of recent burning. Monitoring of a sample of the burnt areas is on-going in order to assess the extent of the recovery. (Early reports indicate a mixed picture depending on the type of vegetation originally present on site). This monitoring needs to be continued. This will inform future assessment of the damage and the potential recovery of vegetation.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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