Condition of SSSI units

Compiled: 01 Oct 2014

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Condition of SSSI units

Team - North West - South - SSSI name - Quoisley Meres - Staff member responsible for site - Rob Arden
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District

Main habitat

Staff member responsible for unit

Unit number

Unit ID

Unit area (ha)

Latest assessment date

Assessment description

Condition assessment comment

Reason for adverse condition

North West  Cheshire  Crewe And Nantwich  Standing open water and canals  Rob Arden  1022868  12.42  10 Jan 2013  Unfavourable declining  The fields have not been grazed this year. To the east of Quoisley Little Mere there is a dense area of soft rush, limiting the sward diversity.   
North West  Cheshire  Crewe And Nantwich  Standing open water and canals  Rob Arden  1022869  5.73  12 Oct 2011  Unfavourable recovering  Sward currently grazed by sheep, with topping of rush to beneficial effect, though evidence of nettles in sward as rush cuttings not removed.   
North West  Cheshire  Crewe And Nantwich  Standing open water and canals  Rob Arden  1022870  0.49  12 Oct 2011  Unfavourable recovering  Due to high water levels in Quoisley Little Mere this unit has seen a die-back of the alder fringe, and an increase in area of tall-fen communities.   
North West  Cheshire  Crewe And Nantwich  Standing open water and canals  Rob Arden  1023860  2.14  10 Jan 2013  Unfavourable recovering  The area between the two meres, historically grassland, has seen an increase in water levels. The eastern part is now swamp habitat, which is very well established with apparently permanent standing water. The western half is drier and dominated by willow.    
North West  Cheshire  Crewe And Nantwich  Standing open water and canals  Rob Arden  1023861  7.55  12 Oct 2011  Unfavourable recovering  Both meres have high water levels, which has caused die-back of fringing alders, expansion of tall fen communities, and establishment of a new alder fringe. Poor macrophyte population.   
Report completed.