Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - Rye Harbour Grazing Marsh (156)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029435
Unit area (ha): 322.1895
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TQ 923 185
Main habitat: NEUTRAL GRASSLAND - Lowland
Date of last site check: 18/03/2019 Checked by: Jo Dear

Unit 156


This was a site visit and meeting with landowner for the fishing business that operates on Unit 158 - waterbody

The margins of the flooded gravel pit (past aggregate extraction activities) are managed as scrubland and provide cover for birds during winter and passage and nesting season.

The vehicle trackway serving the NW edge of the pit in Unit 158 was discussed and scrub management works at the far extreme of the track that had become overgrown with willow and bramble was agreed. This will help maintain this edge habitat in good condition.

The areas of the extensive unit 156 seen from this site visit looked in good condition and the grazing regime appears to be well managed. This lies in the ownership of another landowner.

File note and consent paperwork was prepared.

Condition and Comments (click for history): Favourable Assessed by: NATALIE SMITH
Last assessed: 25/10/2010 Last assessment field visit: 25/10/2010
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Last CSM assessment: 25/10/2010
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: 2020 Confidence in estimate: Medium
Comment: This is sheep-grazed pasture with naturally undulating topography. A number of features of importance are present. There is a network of shallow, ephemeral ditches supporting a diverse aquatic flora. In some areas soils are very thin and the close-cropped turf supports a highly diverse grassland type. There are also areas of exposed shingle with good quality shingle vegetation including sheep?s sorrel, mouse-ear hawkbit, autumn hawkweed and buck?s-horn plantain. An area of reed bed in the north and a scrubby fringe to the open water in adjacent unit 158, including gorse, hawthorn, elder and brambles, provide high structural diversity and cover of value for breeding birds.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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