Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - Camber Dunes (161)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029440
Unit area (ha): 119.8662
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TQ 951 188
Main habitat: SUPRALITTORAL SEDIMENT
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: SMITH, (NATALIE)
Last assessed: 25/10/2010 Last assessment field visit: 25/10/2010
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 25/10/2010
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: This is a very important area of dune grassland supporting a number of scarce plants. The western end of unit is under golf course management and exhibits a variety of stabilised dune habitats with a high degree of botanic diversity and some extreme terrain. Frequent species include lady?s bedstraw, wild carrot and devils-bit scabious occasional, with smaller amounts of autumn hawkbit, hare?s?foot clover, orchids, marsh fern, milkwort, sea holly, sea beet and sea kale. In areas of exposed shingle mosses and lichens dominate with mouse-ear hawkweed. Of note is the occurence of autumn ladies tresses. There are scattered damp hollows and ephemeral ditches with reed and a range of large sedges. Of note in this community is the uncommon marsh mallow. Scrub cover is less than 5%, and includes sea buckthorn, so is within desirable levels. There are no negative indicators in this part of the unit. The eastern end of unit has mobile dunes at an early stage of stabilisation with heavy erosion in places. Marram grass planting is taking place to promote stabilisation. The system at this point is backed by a road, buildings and a stabilising wall in places with willow and sea buckthorn scrub. Due to the effects of erosion the unit is considered to be in unfavourable but recovering condition as efforts are being made to remedy this.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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