Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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United Kingdom, South East
1o 11.02' East 51o 18.62' North
2 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Site description The IBA covers about 6 km of the Stour flood-plain downstream of Canterbury. The site includes flooded gravel-pits, reedbeds (Phragmites) and lagoons, in an area that has undergone colliery subsidence. Margins are well-vegetated with scrub and Alnus carr, which supports a diverse ground flora. Fen communities exist in areas of cut reedbed, with a rich aquatic flora present in some of the dykes. The site supports a wide range of wetland birds including notable populations of breeding and wintering reedbed species.