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Location United Kingdom, South East
Central coordinates 1o 11.02' East  51o 18.62' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 479 ha
Altitude 2 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris winter  1995-1996  5 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus winter  1987  9 individuals  good  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Stodmarsh Birds Directive 481 is identical to site 479  
Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve 249 protected area overlaps with site 163  
Stodmarsh Site of Special Scientific Interest 623 protected area contains site 479  
Stodmarsh Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 481 is identical to site 479  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Shrubland Scrub  -
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Stodmarsh. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014

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