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  • To conserve and enhance the vegetated shingle habitat from threats that include domestic encroachment, development, vegetation stripping, enrichment of the substrate due to dumping of garden and other waste, invasive plant species and unnecessary damage caused by heavy vehicles
  • To conserve and enhance populations of fauna and flora including rare plants, invertebrates, breeding, nesting and roosting birds
  • To support the educational use of the site
  • To further address issues of access for less able bodied visitors
  • To support continued leisure use of the beach and to minimise conflict with nature conservation issues
  • To minimise adverse effects upon the ecology and of the site due to possible future sea defence operations
  • To minimise the impact of bonfire and fire sites across the beach.

 Future management action can be divided into 5 broad categories:

  • Invasive species control
  • Survey and monitoring
  • Education
  • Liaison/communication
  • Litter clearance

Five-Year Action Plan for 2009 to 2013

Management Category Action Who? Timing 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Survey and monitoring Carry out baseline botanical survey Dolphin Ecological Surveys May/June X
Invasive species control. Remove invasive plant species that are identified in the baseline survey. FoSB/LNR Management Group April – September as appropriate X X X X X
Survey and monitoring Take fixed-point photographs of the LNR FoSB/LNR Management Group Ideally at monthly intervals throughout the year. At least every 3 months X X X X X
Survey and monitoring Expand and formalise the programme of species survey and monitoring with assistance from local members of botanical, ornithological and invertebrate societies. FoSB/LNR Management Group
Repeat starry clover monitoring With SBRS May-June X X X X X
Other rare plant monitoring e.g. childing pink With SBRS July-August X X X X X
Periodic vegetation mapping With SBRS or DES May-June X
Repeat moth surveys With Tim Freed May-August X X X
Repeat winter and breeding bird surveys With SDOS June and November/December X X X X X
Butterfly survey With Sussex BC May-August X X
Submit copies of each year’s biological records from the LNR to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. LNR Management Group December X X X X X
Education Continue to co-ordinate educational visits to the beach and act as a contact for other information relating to the beach FoSB with help from Steve Savage All year X X X X X
Education Continue to make educational resources available for use in schools and for interpretation on site FoSB with help from Steve Savage All year X X X X X
Education Prepare information packs and beach id guides for adjoining residents to increase their understanding of the ecology of the beach FoSB with help from Steve Savage X
Liaison and communication Ensure that FoSB and the LNR Management Group agree upon the programme of actions to be carried out on the LNR at the start of each year FoSB/LNR Management Group January X X X X X
Liaison and communication Monitor and act upon damage caused by the stripping of vegetation and the over-enrichment of the growing medium due to dumping of garden and other waste LNR Management Group All year X X X X X
Liaison and communication Erect signage and demarcation at sensitive periods to identify and protect nesting bird sites FoSB/LNR Management Group with help from WSCC ranger May-July X X X X X
Liaison and communication Disseminate information via Adur DC Internet Site and support and promote the website being developed by WSCC vegetated shingle project LNR Management Group X
Liaison and communication Continue to liase with EA regarding any potential future sea defence operations LNR Management Group X X X X X
Litter clearance Continue with volunteer beach litter clearance task days three times per year FoSB and volunteers March, October and December X X X X X
Review management plan LNR Management Group X

Explanation and rationale for selected management actions

 Baseline botanical survey

This has already been commissioned by the management group and will be carried out by Kate Ryland of Dolphin Ecological Surveys in summer 2009. The survey will map areas of vegetation, categorise types of community and identify areas where invasive species control is needed. Invasive species that may pose a threat include silver ragwort and red valerian.

Fixed point photographic monitoring

This is a cheap, simple way of monitoring changes over time. Need to choose points with care, record accurately on a map showing location, direction of photos etc. Repeat as often as possible, using the same camera if poss. to provide a baseline, visual survey of beach profile, extent of shingle vegetation and other beach features. Repeat sets of photos will allow large-scale changes to be observed and monitored. Photos may also help the management group to identify areas of shingle that have been subject to previous disturbance, clearance or enrichment and monitor their re-vegetation of areas by appropriate shingle vegetation.

Monitoring strategy

A monitoring strategy will seek to enlist the help of local specialists from the Sussex Botanical Recording Society (SBRS), Shoreham and District Ornithological Society (SDOS), Butterfly Conservation Sussex Branch, Sussex moth group, Sussex Amphibian and Reptile Group etc. The LNR Management Group will need to maintain links with the specialists and take their advice on the most appropriate monitoring methodologies. Contact details for the groups are given below.

Botanical monitoring should focus primarily on the distribution and abundance of invasive species (via regular photographic monitoring and periodic vegetation mapping) and the location and abundance of rarities. Fauna surveys should be repeated on a regular basis. A suggested monitoring schedule is set out below and shown in the Action Plan, but the implementation of some monitoring may depend on the availability of help and expertise from local voluntary wildlife recording groups.

Starry clover monitoring – repeat mapping exercise from 2008

Childing pink – this rare and protected plant is not currently known from within the LNR but does occur just outside it on the riverbank. There is scope to include monitoring of this plant by FoSB in association with SBRS

Vegetation mapping – repeat every 5 years

Moth surveys – repeat every 2 years

Breeding and wintering bird surveys – repeat annually

Butterfly survey – start survey in 2010 and repeat every 2 years

Liaison between LNR Management Group and FoSB

Liaison between FoSB and the Management Group is very important to ensure that all parties are agreed on the annual programme of activities for the LNR as set out in the Action Plan. It is recommended that a meeting should be held at the beginning of each year to review the proposed actions and to provide an opportunity to seek any technical advice that may be required for management actions that are planned specifically for ecological purposes.

 Specialist Group Contacts

SBRS – Mrs Beryl Clough beryl-clough@tiscali.co.uk 01903 536333

SDOS – Brianne Reeve and Chris Wright have already led a bird walk on the LNR

Sussex Butterfly Conservation – www.sussex-butterflies.org.uk

Sussex Moth Group Secretary – Clare Jeffers clarejeffers@aol.com

Tim Freed (01903 501802) has already carried out several moth trapping sessions on the LNR

SARG

C/o Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre

Woods Mill

Henfield

West Sussex

BN5 9SD

Summary table of achievements to end of 2008 

(This includes actions that meet several of the management prescriptions set out in the current LNR management plan)

Management prescription in 2006-2011 Plan
Action taken
Date
Co-ordinate educational visits to the beach and act as a contact for other information relating to the beach School outreach and on site activities under the Breathing Spaces grant (including presentations, workshops, displays, walks, a parents afternoon, library session, school visits and guided visits to the beach).Marine Week tide pool event.

Inter tidal walk.

Strandline story day.

2007
Make available resources for use in schools and for interpretation on site School outreach and on site activities under the Breathing Spaces grant 2007
Provide interpretation describing the plant insect and bird habitat including advice for conserving the habitat Notice boards installed and LNR leaflet produced. A code of practice for beach users is included on the noticeboard 2008
Liase with Beach Dreams regarding the torchlight procession and bonfire site as well as any other group wishing to have a fire. Designate authorised bonfire sites and establish guidelines for their use FoSB stand at Beach Dreams event.Bonfire site designated at the western edge of the LNR 2008
Support existing beach litter clearance operations with volunteer task days Beach cleaning days by FoSB in March, October and December in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society 2008
Establish a programme of species (survey and) monitoring with assistance from local members of botanical ornithological and invertebrate societies. Guided flower walks (2007, 2008).Starry clover survey (2008).

Bird walk with SDOS (2007).

Moth trapping (2006, 2007).

Sea watch for sea mammals and sea birds (2007).

Invertebrate records from school visits (2008)

2006, 2007 & 2008
Monitor and act upon damage caused by the stripping of vegetation and the over-enrichment of the growing medium due to dumping of garden and other waste Letter to householders from FoSB.Letter to householders regarding storage on the beach from Adur DC. 2008
Monitor and act upon the presence of invasive plant species damaging to the specialised shingle plant communities. Silver ragwort removal by FoSB volunteers. 2008

 

A Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre data report for the LNR has been put together for the LNR Management Group. This report collates the available biodiversity information available for the site, including records of species, surveys that have taken place in the past and information on adjacent areas of biodiversity importance. Thanks to the support that Adur District Council gives to the Records Centre, this data report was produced at no cost to the Management Group.