Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - S.15 Dowels West Weller (116)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029395
Unit area (ha): 44.794
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TQ 977 307
Main habitat: NEUTRAL GRASSLAND - Lowland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: CROWLEY, (MICHAEL)
Last assessed: 19/11/2013 Last assessment field visit: 19/11/2013
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 19/11/2013
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: Species diversioty within ditches is meeting targets set for the SSSI with a mean of 7 species per 20m recorded. No algal dominance noted and only slighty turbid water. Appropraite variety in successional stages found on the unit 20-30% eary, 20% late stage. Indicators of local distinctiveness Hydrocharis morsus renae, Ceratphyllum submersum, Greater Water parsnip Sium latifolium, narrow leaved pondweed Potomageton trichoides and water plantain Alisma sp. Unit remains in unfavourable recovering due to the presence of the invasive aquatic species Elodia nuttalli which may be impedeing other submersed aquatic flora.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 2
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