Marram Grass, Ammophila arenaria, established itself in this area a few years ago and last year the Environment Agency planted a lot more with the hope that a natural-looking dune system would build up, protecting the hard sea defences at the infamous Acre Gap, where a major breach occurred in 1953. It has been growing rapidly this spring and small but developing dunes are now a feature of beach, the mat of Marram roots stabilising the sand and the shoots trapping more wind-blown sand to increase the dune height.
The Marram has now been joined by three other species, able to colonise the somewhat protected sand surface. Sea Sandwort, Honckenya peploides, now loosely covers several patches of ground of a square metre or more. There are also occasional specimens of Frosted Orache, Atriplex laciniata, and Prickly Saltwort, Salsola kali.
It will be interesting to watch the area and see what else establishes itself over time.
Sea Sandwort, Honckenya peploides
Frosted Orache, Atriplex laciniata
Prickly Saltwort, Salsola kali