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Status: Local Wildlife Site (LoWS/CWS/SINC)
Summary: This is the site of a very old landfill site dating back to Victorian times. It is highly probable that tipping ceased in 1958 when a change in ownership occurred. There was a long continuity of cattle grazing until at least 1997, as indicated by the presence of an important population of the UKBAP Hornet Robber Fly, discovered in the mid 1990s. The sandy shoreline is unprecedented as a habitat in the Thames estuary, together with a section of low chalky cliff.
Reason for interest: There are extensive flower rich areas, varied vegetation structure, important plants such as Stinking Goosefoot (W&C Act Schedule 8), Nationally Scarce Saltmarsh Goosefoot, Borrer's Saltmarsh Grass, Stiff Saltmarsh Grass and abundant White Horehound and Houndstongue. Very important for invertebrates, including UKBAP species Hornet Robber Fly and Brown-banded Carder Bee, and almost certainly other UKBAP species. Numerous rare and scarce species.
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