Vegetated Shingle

Vegetated Shingle

Vegetated Shingle, Selsey ©2010 Bruce Wilkinson

This picture was taken of the beach to the east of Selsey Bill before you get to Pagham Harbour. The vegetated shingle here is very rare and we are lucky to have such an internationally important habitat on our doorstep. The plant photographs below were all taken on a sunny Sunday morning towards the end of May.

As you move up the beach from the sea, the different plants are formally described as belonging to different regions or communities. The first region is called the ephemeral community where the plants last less than a season before being washed away by storms. None of this community were visible on the day these photographs were taken. The other regions are called the pioneer community, the intermediate community and the established community.

 

Sea Kale

This is one of the most common plants in the pioneer community

Sea Kale

©2010 Bruce Wilkinson

 Sea Kale Flowers

Sea Kale Flowers

©2010 Bruce Wilkinson

 Yellow Horned Poppy -in bud

Pioneer community. You can see why this is called a Horned Poppy!

Yellow Horned Poppy

©2010 Bruce Wilkinson

 Curled Dock

Pioneer Community.

Curled Dock

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 Sea Campion

Intermediate community.

Sea Campion

©2010 Bruce Wilkinson

 Red Valerian

Intermediate community. This garden escapee is now very widespread.

Red Valerian

©2010 Bruce Wilkinson

 Bitter Sweet

Intermediate community. Also known as Woody Nightshade

Bitter Sweet

©2010 Bruce Wilkinson

 Hoary Cress

Intermediate community. Said to have been introduced to the area in the bedrolls of soldiers in the 1800s.

Hoary Cress

©2010 Bruce Wilkinson

 Sea Beet or Sea Spinach

Intermediate community.

Sea Beet

©2010 Bruce Wilkinson

Cleavers

Intermediate community. This is covering an unidentified plant

Cleavers

©2010 Bruce Wilkinson