Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: C6 (2007)
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Area: 479 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium not assessed medium
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Site description
The IBA covers about 6 km of the Stour flood-plain downstream of Canterbury. The site includes flooded gravel-pits, reedbeds (Phragmites) and lagoons, in an area that has undergone colliery subsidence. Margins are well-vegetated with scrub and Alnus carr, which supports a diverse ground flora. Fen communities exist in areas of cut reedbed, with a rich aquatic flora present in some of the dykes. The site supports a wide range of wetland birds including notable populations of breeding and wintering reedbed species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Stodmarsh. Downloaded from on 29/01/2023.