Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Vegetated Shingle and Ringed Plovers

Yellow Horned Poppy, Glaucium flavum
I made two visits to the beach in recent days. The Ringed Plover egg has gone so I have been looking for the parents feeding the chick among the Sea Kale, with no success, though I have seen adults feeding on the sand below the beach. 
I have been recording some of the flora of the vegetated shingle. Vegetated shingle is home to plants that are adapted to survive in harsh coastal conditions. Shingle habitats are particularly important for some breeding and roosting birds.
Common Sowthistle, Sonchus oleraceus
female Linnet, Carduelis cannabina
Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula
Sea Beet, Beta vulgaris maritima
Sea Kale, Crambe maritima
Sea Kale on vegetated shingle
Woody Nightshade, Solanum dulcamara
Yellow Horned Poppy, Glaucium flavum
Yellow Horned Poppy, Glaucium flavum
offshore fishing
Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula

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