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.
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.
Sheep do enjoy eating this plant but it is also known as “blue bonnets”, “blue buttons” and “Sheep’s bit Scabious”.
The yellow flowers tinged with pink have given this plant many different common names one of which is “eggs and bacon”!
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!
Did you know? Reindeer actually do eat reindeer lichen! In colder climates, this species is an important food source in the winter.
Scrambled Egg Lichen
Its common name gives a clue of what to look out for as it really does look like scrambled egg!
Sandy earthtongue is a very environmentally sensitive fungus, and has been seen on our dunes at Studland Bay.