Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - The Long Pits (030)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029309
Unit area (ha): 5.9398
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TR 081 185
Main habitat: STANDING OPEN WATER AND CANALS
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: SCULLEY, (CLAUDIE)
Last assessed: 18/03/2010 Last assessment field visit: 18/03/2010
ISA Survey: View Surveys
Date of last site check: 18/03/2019 Last CSM assessment: 18/03/2010
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: 2019 Confidence in estimate: Medium
Comment:

Unit 30

This is made up of the two ‘Long Pits’ on this area that had been previously extracted for aggregate in the 1940s. As a result of these past activities Unit 30 displays two waterbodies surrounded by shingle habitat and displays wet shingle margins and associated bird, invertebrate and plant interest.

Managing the wetland margins for Baldellia is key and recent work has cleared baclk willow scrub successfully to expose the muddy margins where the plant is present.  Cutting has been quite extensive. Just be aware that reed or reedmace colonisation may be hard to control.  If so might be better to go for willow coppicing in the absence of grazing or browsing so that emergent plants are shaded out at intervals.

Reedbed – maintain as it is.  Full of warblers, and no doubt good for cuckoo.

Invertebrate records from EDF Energy and Dungeness BO

Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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