Landguard Habitat Enhancement Project
The Landguard Habitat Enhancement Project will protect valuable UK priority species within coastal and wetland habitats including protecting rare vegeted shingle.
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06/10/2011 11:51: Funding boost for rare habitat
Covering approximately 33 hectares (81 acres) - Landguard Reserve in Felixstowe is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)due to the rarity of vegetated shingle habitat, and a Scheduled Ancient Monument because of the historic military significance of the sites fortifications spanning over the past 400 years.Botanically the most notable feature of the reserve is the vegetation that has evolved to grow on shingle beaches where the soil is virtually non existent and few nutrients are available for the plants to feed on. Landguard Peninsula ranks amongst the driest places in the UK with an average rainfall of only 537mm. This, combined with the salty sea winds and thin, free draining soils makes for harsh conditions for plantlife. The rarity of many of the plants that grow at Landguard makes this place very important... and visitors walking on parts of the site have, unintentionally been eroding them.
Funding has allowed the Landguard Partnership to extend the Landguard Nature Reserve boundaries to match SSSI boundaries to increase protection of the site and make management simpler and more effective. They have been able to protect UK BAP Priority habitat, coastal vegetated shingle from visitor damage and improve signage and also to enhance wetland habitat for Divided sedge.
You'll notice new nautically themed fencing ( post and rope!) to show where you can and can't walk and a new boardwalk that is proving both popular and effective...the once well trodden vegetation has spread significantly since its installation!