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5th August 2008, Tuesday

The Pits!

The natural freshwater pits at Dungeness, with their Transition Mire communities are thought to be unique to Dungeness, but the geomorphological processes that formed them are not, and at Rye Harbour there are similar, though younger features near the Lifeboat Station that show an earlier stage in the development of these sorts of wetland communities. All of these ponds formed as shingle ridges developing along the shoreline left low lying hollows that became open water lagoons. They are very rare natural features, primarily because shingle beaches themselves are a rare habitat, and are much more interesting than the artificial gravel pits that disfigure these shingle habitats.

Natural pits at Rye Harbour

Being closer to the sea the Rye pits still show a brackish influence, demonstrated by the presence of sea club-rush Bulboschoenus maritimus and bulrush Scirpus tabernaemontani. There are also stands of Read the rest of this entry »

5th August 2008, Tuesday

Rye Harbour Shore

Roosting wader numbers are begining to build along Shore Ridges at high water, and then feeding along the shore at low water. This morning, 82 Ringed Plover, 125 Dunlin, 11 Sanderling, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 41 Curlew, 18 Turnstone and a 2 Knot could be found.