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Strandline and shingle communities


In suitable locations beach-tops may be dominated by fine sand and/or shingle often accompanied by organic detritus (e.g. seaweed) stranded by the high tide. Dominance by shingle or sand will depend on prevailing climatic conditions and will vary from year to year. Nitrogen input from strandline seaweed is vital to this ephemeral group of opportunistic plants.

This community of plants lives below extreme high water springs (EHWS) and so would experience occasional inundation with seawater.

 Typical plants of this habitat might include sea sandwort (Honckenya peploides), sea rocket (Cakile maritima), prickly saltwort (Salsola kali), sea mayweed (Tripleurospermum maritimum) and various orache (Atriplex) species.


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