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Species List

Plants on the reserve
Danish Scurvy-grass © Angela Thomas

Danish Scurvy-grass © Angela Thomas

Chesil Beach is a major shingle beach and provides a maritime shingle environment. The seaward side of the beach is highly mobile under storm conditions and cannot support any plant communities. The eastern side of the beach is much more stable enabling plant communities to establish. In some areas the beach is sufficiently stable for a turf to form, particularly at Ferrybridge.

The three lists located on the drop down menu at the top of the page show the species that have been recorded on the beach, lagoon and the land shore. For a definitive plant list, including occurrence and distribution along the Fleet (FSG), comprised by the Fleet Study Group, please click the button below.

FSG Plant List

 

Fleet Species

Common & Scientific Name

Wild (Babington’s) leek – Allium ampeloprasum var. babintonii

Bulbous foxtail – Alopecurus bulbosus

Marsh mallow – Althea officinalis

Compact brome – Anisantha madritensis

Wild asparagus – Asparagus officinalis ssp. Prostatus

Long-stalked orache – Atriplex longipes

Slender hare’s-ear – Bupleurum tenuissimum

Divided sedge – Carex divisa

Sea holly – Eryngium maritimum

Sea spurge – Euphorbia paralias

Longleaf – Falcaria vulgaris

Nit grass – Gastridium ventricosum

False oat-grass – Gaudinia fragilis

Little-robin – Geranium purpureum

Yellow vetchling – Lathyrus aphaca

Sea pea – Lathyrus japonica

Rock sea lavender – Limonium dodartiforme

Toothed medick – Medicago polymorpha

Purple broomrape – Orabanche minot var. maritima

Yarrow broomrape – Orobanche purpurea

Curved hard-grass – Parapholis incurve

Four-leaved Allseed – Polycarbon tetraphyllum

Stiff saltmarsh-grass – Puccinella rupestris

Brackish water crowfoot – Ranunculus baudoti

Small-flowered buttercup – Ranunculus parviflora

Spiral tasselweed – Ruppia cirrhosa

Perennial Glasswort – Sarcocornia perennis

Shrubby sea-blite – Suaeda vera

Sea clover – Trifolium squamosum

Hairy-fruited corn salad – Valerianella eriocarpa

Bithyian vetch – Vicia bithynica

Slender tare – Vicia parviflora

Bearded (purple) fescue – Vulpia ciliata var. ambigua

Dune fescue – Vulpia fasciculate

Narrow-leaved eelgrass – Zostera angustifolia

Dwarf eelgrass – Zostera nolti

 

 

 

Chesil Beach Species

Sea Couch – Agropyron pungens

Silvery hair grass – Aira caryophylla

Early hair grass – Aira praecox

Scarlet pimpernel – Anagallis arvensis

Kidney vetch – Anthyllis vulneraria

Thrift – Ameria maritima

Thyme-leaved sandwort – Arenaria serpyllifolia

Tall oat-grass – Arrhenatherum elatius

Sea beet – Beta vulgaris

Darnel’s grass – Catapodium marinum

Common centaury – Centaurium erythraea

Red valerian – Centranthus ruber

Common mouse-ear – Cerastium fontanum

Sea mouse-ear – Cerastium diffusum

Creeping thistle – Cirsium arvense

Danish scurvygrass – Cochlearia Danica

Sea kale – Crambe maritima

Samphire – Crithmum maritimum

Cocksfoot – Dactylus glomerata

Sea spurge – Euphorbia paralias

Portland spurge – Euphorbia portlandica

Red fescue – Festuca ruba

Lady’s bedstraw – Galium verum

Herb Robert – Geranium robertianum

Yellow horned poppy – Glaucium flavum

Sea-purslane – Halimione portulacoides

Common velvet grass – Holcus lanatus

Tree mallow – Lavatera arborea

Sea pea – Lathyrus japonicas

Bird’s foot trefoil – Lotus corniculatus

Common mallow – Malva sylvestris

Restharrow – Ononis repens

Lesser broomrape – Orobanche minor var minor

Buck’s-horn plantain – Plantago coronopus

Ribwort plantain – Plantago lanceolate

Blackthorn – Prunus spinose

Blackberry – Rubus fruticosa agg.

Curled dock – Rumex crispus

Procumbent pearlwort – Sagina procumbens

Biting stonecrop – Sedum acre

Sea campion – Silene maritima

Woody nightshade – Solanum dulcamera

Black nightshade – Solanum nigrum

Perennial sow-thistle – Sonchus arvensis

Shrubby sea blight – Suaeda fruticose

Annual sea blight – Suaeda maritima

Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale

Breckland thyme – Thymus serpyllum

Haresfoot clover – Trifolium arvense

Lesser trefoil – Trifolium dubium

Rough clover – Trifolium scabrum

Sea mayweed – Tripleurospermum maritimum