Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI - Shingle around North runway - Lydd Airport (163)
Staff member responsible: Jo Dear
Unit Id: 1029442
Unit area (ha): 6.6388
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TR 067 218
Date of last site check: Checked by:
Condition and Comments (click for history): Favourable Assessed by: CLAUDIE SCULLEY
Last assessed: 19/11/2009 Last assessment field visit: 19/11/2009
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Last CSM assessment: 19/11/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: The unit takes in part of one of the raised shingle ridges and although variable in terms of quality of habitat, includes some areas of species-rich shingle vegetation. Parts appear to have suffered disturbance in the past but typical vegetation has re-established and there is no evidence of recent disturbance of the fossil geomorphology. The fossil geomorphology is visible in that the fossil ridge crest can still be seen, although dissected by the runways. There is no evidence of disturbance of buried geomorphology. Areas of dry shingle ridge vegetation are present in various places but is best represented on the part of the ridge between the runways. Here the community includes several characteristic plants including wood sage, sheep?s sorrel, sheep?s fescue, common bent and catsear with occasional patches of Cladonia lichen and mossy patches with Dicranum scoparium, Hypnum cupressiforme and Polytrichum spp. Of particular interest is the presence of sand sedge in places. The vegetation is maintained in a suitably short condition by rabbit grazing.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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