Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - Heidi West And Chris Cox (082)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029361
Unit area (ha): 100.8743
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TQ 943 214
Main habitat: NEUTRAL GRASSLAND - Lowland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: Dear, (Jo)
Last assessed: 22/08/2013 Last assessment field visit: 10/03/2009
ISA Survey: View Surveys
Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 10/03/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: The invasive species crassula helmsii continues to spread within the ditches of the unit. Now found in over 50% of the ditches and severe infeststations in some ditches. However ,the Remaining unnaffected ditches are in very good condition and some indicator species remain in affected ditches. No loss noted in extend of features. Water levels were below target in just over half of the ditches surveyed though main ditches maintained levels above the minimum and survey was at critical time of year. Extent of algal dominance is below the critical level. The majority of ditches were in the early to mid succussional stage and largley free from heavy shading. Many of the ditches have a trapezoidal profile but there is enough variety within the unit and surrounding area. Indicators of local distinctiveness Tubular water dropwort, Frogbit, Lemna trisulca, large population of Marsh mallow-Althaea officinalis (with v large populations bordering the arable fields), Soft hornwort and water milfoil
Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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