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Newhouse Farm near Dursley


428 ha of saltmarsh has been reclaimed on Slimbridge Warth
over the last 1000 years and these fields form some of the earliest land to be reclaimed. You can see 14th century seabanks that almost entirely surround the Saxon to early-Medieval ridge and furrow.

Ridge and furrow is the result of a system of farming in which long ridges (banks) are formed by ploughing and the resultant furrows (ditches) improves the drainage.

The Upper Severn Estuary is of international importance for wintering and breeding waders and wildfowl and is designated as a Ramsar site, Special Protection Area and possible Special Area of Conservation.

The management of these fields under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme will provide valuable habitat for wintering and breeding waders and wildfowl and in particular, snipe,redshank and curlew.

Two of the fields are designated as part of the Upper Severn Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest for their botanical interest. The furrows are water-filled and damp-loving plants including wetland grasses, rushes, sedges and flowers such as ladies smock and marsh bedstraw occur here.

The dry grassy ridges are vegetated with fescues, crested dog''s tail, sweet vernal grass and flowers such as yarrow and greater birdsfoot trefoil.

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