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Grazing Marsh - Allhallows Marshes - Conservation Plan

The Site Management Statement established in 1997 set down English Nature’s overall objectives to sustain the various features that make the North Thames Marshes of special interest.  The conservation objectives are:

  • Shallow water and short grass conditions for wintering waterfowl, such as teal and wigeon.
  • Shallow surface flooding in spring for breeding waders, such as redshank and lapwing.
  • Reed cover in Cliffe Fleet and long vegetation alongside a proportion of other watercourses for breeding wetland birds, including wildfowl and bearded tits.
  • Small areas of longer vegetation as hunting ground for wintering birds of prey.
  • A variety of vegetation growth stages in the ditches, from open water to reed filled, with characteristic and uncommon plants such as brackish water crowfoot.
  • A range of scarce plant species on the sea wall and short saltmarsh vegetation on the seaward side of the wall for grazing wildfowl.
  • A range of rare insect species characteristic of grazing marsh ditches, including scarce emerald damselfly.

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