Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - Rye Harbour Shingle (157)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029436
Unit area (ha): 282.3515
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TQ 932 175
Date of last site check: 18/03/2019 Checked by: Jo Dear

Unit 157

ES HL Agreement holder

Met with landowner on site. Discussed management of the site with reference to the shingle habitats and the management of visitors. Maintenance work required and on going management of the unit. Goats used for grazing, water level management.

Discussions wrt the new Visitor Centre and the implications of this on the designated sites and the progress with the planning application.

Follow up with more site visit and email exchange

8th March 2019

Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: PETER GREENSLADE
Last assessed: 25/10/2010 Last assessment field visit: 25/10/2010
ISA Survey: View Surveys
Last CSM assessment: 25/10/2010
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: 2020 Confidence in estimate: High
Comment: This is a very important area for a wide range of designated features including vegetated shingle, saline lagoon, wintering birds, invertebrates and rare plants. Good quality shingle vegetation is present. Parts of the shingle are subject to very low levels of disturbance and are developing the classic range of shingle vegetation types. The saline lagoon and brackish marsh habitats are also in good condition. Part of the unit is currently undergoing major habitat creation to benefit wintering and breeding birds, with some areas grazed, others fenced against predation of large colonies of ground nesting gulls. Grazing is to be expanded across the main area of grassland in the eastern part of the site where the natural topography, short turf with occasional rush tussocks and shallow ephemeral ditches provide very good structure for birds. The wide range of habitats present provide a high diversity of niches for specialist invertebrates of shingle and brackish habitats.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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