Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - Lydd Airport Southern Ponds (038)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029317
Unit area (ha): 4.9098
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TR 064 209
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: SCULLEY, (CLAUDIE)
Last assessed: 19/11/2009 Last assessment field visit: 19/11/2009
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 19/11/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: The unit includes several small ponds and an area of vegetated shingle. The margins of some of the ponds currently have high cover of willow but the largest of the ponds is largely clear of scrub and habitat conditions for great crested newt appear suitable. Discussions are taking place regarding management to improve the condition of the habitat. The shingle vegetation is very rich in places. There is no evidence of recent disturbance or damage to the buried geomorphology, and access is available to the buried deposits should it be required for research. Some of the small ponds are currently more shady than is desirable due to the fringing willow scrub. The largest pond has extensive areas of emergent fringing vegetation but has a significant area of open water. Terrestrial habitat conditions close to the ponds are currently good for great crested newt. The shingle ridge vegetation present has good representation of characteristic plants. The vegetation includes wood sage, sheep?s sorrel, sheep?s fescue, common bent and catsear, and there are areas of bare shingle. The vegetation is maintained in a suitably short condition by rabbit grazing and control of scrub encroachment has been undertaken in part of the area recently.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 2
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