Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - The Wicks (044)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029323
Unit area (ha): 22.5238
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TR 010 181
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 is mostly in the hollow between two major shingle ridges but includes small areas of dry shingle ridge vegetation. The main feature of special interest is the fossil geomorphology. The geomorphology is mostly intact but there is evidence of damage in places. The vegetation has been burnt in parts. The fossil geomorphology appears to be largely intact although there has been disturbance in the past to create a central drainage ditch and part has been modified to construct a firing range. But there is no evidence of recent damage in the lower lying parts and there is clear differentiation between the shingle ridges and the intervening hollow. The vegetation of the lower parts reflects the wetter conditions and there are extensive stands of fringing reed alongside the drainage channel likely to be of value for birds. The seaward end of the area includes a complex of hollows with a saline influence supporting sea club-rush, low stands of reed, patches of saltmarsh rush and occasional sea aster and sea beet. This part has suffered an extensive burn within the past 6 The drier vegetation surrounding the hollows is moderately species-rich in places and includes birdsfoot trefoil, lesser trefoil, haresfoot clover, catsear and sea mayweed, providing a broad range of nectar sources for invertebrates.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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