Vegetated shingle Dungeness
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Vegetated shingle

2025 target

Maintain total extent of coastal vegetated shingle habitat; ensure no net loss; and restore all coastal vegetated shingle to favourable condition (or unfavourable to recovering).

Current resource (Kent Habitat Survey 2012)

2104 ha UK BAP priority habitat

Rationale

Shingle is a finite resource. In southern England, much of it is composed of flint eroded out of chalk cliffs and moved by longshore drift along the coast. Shingle in Kent takes the form of the cuspate foreland at Dungeness, which is by far the largest site in the UK at over 2000 ha of exposed shingle. The remaining areas in Kent are fringing shingle beaches exposed to storm action and display temporary and mobile strandline communities.

Being a finite resource, the target is to maintain the coastal vegetated shingle habitat in Kent, ensuring no net loss. Opportunities to create shingle habitat are extremely limited and of limited success.