General characteristics

Marine areas, Sea inlets (30%)

Shingle, Sea cliffs, Islets (70%)

Habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Vegetated sea cliffs of the Atlantic and Baltic Coasts

The bedrock at this site in south Devon is composed of mineral-rich Lower Devonian schists forming cliffs rising to 120 metres. The cliffs support maritime grassland communities containing maritime species such as thrift Armeria maritima, sea plantain Plantago maritima and autumn squill Scilla autumnalis. The grassland merges into bare rock and coastal heath, which also support a number of uncommon plant species, including a lichen assemblage with Mediterranean affinities, and an invertebrate fauna consisting of species limited to southerly coastal sites. The site also supports a number of populations of shore dock Rumex rupestris, for which the site is also selected.

Species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Shore dock  Rumex rupestris

This important rocky-shore site for shore dock Rumex rupestris lies at the eastern limit of its current UK range. In 1999 a thorough survey of the site located 16 colonies and a total of at least 62 plants. The site also has some very extensive areas of additional suitable habitat.

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