Chesil Beach

Species list - Plants
Chesil home


Plants in this list are those that grow on or through the shingle of Chesil Beach, or on the turfed areas wholly on top of the shingle. Plants below the high tide mark or growing only on adjacent paths or car parks are not included



Abundance key:
Red - Abundant
Orange - scarce
Blue - not found
Black - no data

Location key:
P - Portland to F/bridge car park
F - Ferrybridge to Narrows
N - Narrows to Abbotsbury
W - Abbotsbury to West Bay

Common name
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 japonicus
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 lanceolata
Blackthorn Prunus spinosa
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 no data no data
Perennial sow-thistle Sonchus arvensis
Shrubby sea blight Suaeda fruticosa
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

The information presented here has been derived from the following sources:

Colombe,S.V., Diaz,A. Plant communities of Chesil Beach. Lyme Bay Environmental Study Vol12. Kerr-McGee Oil(UK) plc, 1995.

Fitzpatrick,J.M. Terrestial plant communities of the Chesil Beach and the shores of the Fleet. In: The Fleet and Chesil Beach Ladle, M. (Ed). Fleet Study Group, 1981.

Eden,S.M. Flowering plants of the shores of the Fleet. In: The Fleet Lagoon and Chesil Beach. Carr,A.P., Seaward,D.R., and Sterling,P.H. (Eds).2000.

and personal observation by Fleet volunteers.


Last updated 26/5/2008

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