Cokeham Reed Beds

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Full site name
Lower Cokeham reedbed and ditches, Lancing
District: Adur, Parish: Sompting
Area: 6.2 hectares*
Habitat: Reedbed and ditches
Surveyed: May 1992, Original Report by: Marion Finch
Designation: SNCI (Site of Nature Conservation Importance)

This area at TQ 167 043 consists of  reedbeds and tall fen, it is crossed and bordered by wet ditches. These are the only visible indication on the OS map that any wildlife site exists here.
It is however an important semi-natural habitat of special value to birds for roosting and nesting, as it is located on the edge of a heavily built up area. It is noted as particularly useful to Warblers and Starlings
Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and Hairy Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum), dominate with patches of Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) and Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea). In drier areas patches of Bramble (Rubus fruticosa), Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense) and Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara).
Hawthorn, Elder and Crack Willow scrub appear in scattered groups or line the ditches.
A wooded strip follows the eastern boundary.
Other plants recorded
Water-cress (Nasturtium officinale)
Brooklime (Veronica beccabunga)
Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus)
Water Mint (Mentha aquatica)
Fool's Water-cress (Apium nodiflorum)
Water Forget-me-not (Mysotis scorpioides)
Celery-leaved Buttercup (Ranunculus sceleratus)
Branched Bur-reed (Sparganium erectum)
Floating Sweet-grass (Glyceria fluitans)
Marsh Foxtail (Alopecurus geniculatus)

Link to habitat action Plan
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Species Notes

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*This figure is not corroberated in the figures in the Habitat Action Plan for Sussex
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