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Marram Grass

You may have guessed that Marram grass is tolerant of salty conditions, but it is also well adapted to wide daily temperature fluctuations and can even grow in places where the water table is far below ground.

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Heather (bell and cross leaved)

Heather is an important food source for pollinators on our sand dunes, and dune heath is a rare habitat type in the UK.

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Sheep’s bit

Sheep do enjoy eating this plant but it is also known as “blue bonnets”, “blue buttons” and “Sheep’s bit Scabious”.

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Bird’s-foot-trefoil

The yellow flowers tinged with pink have given this plant many different common names one of which is “eggs and bacon”!

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Sea holly

Despite its similar name and resemblance, Sea holly is not related to the holly (Ilex) that we associate with Christmas – although it’s spikiness will produce a similar injury if not handled with care!

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Reindeer lichen

Did you know? Reindeer actually do eat reindeer lichen! In colder climates, this species is an important food source in the winter.

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Scrambled Egg Lichen

Its common name gives a clue of what to look out for as it really does look like scrambled egg!

Earthtongue

Sandy Earthtongue

Sandy earthtongue is a very environmentally sensitive fungus, and has been seen on our dunes at Studland Bay.

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White tailed bumble bee

Did you know? The white-tailed bumble bee can be a pollen thief!

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Carder bee

The carder bee is the most common of three ginger bee species in the UK and appears fluffy without a white tail.