Soft sea-cliffs, often vegetated

English name: Soft sea-cliffs, often vegetated

Description (English)

Sea-cliffs composed of relatively soft, unconsolidated or uncompacted mineral particle deposits, carved by wind and wave action. They may support scrub similar to that on dunes (B1.6), with Hippophae rhamnoides, Salix repens, Sorbus aucuparia.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code B3.4

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Name Definition Other names Reference
Agropyrion pungentis J.-M. Géhu et J. Géhu 1969 Halo-nitrophilous grasslands of salt-sprayed sandy-loamy shores of thermo-atlantic Europe Agropyrion pungentis Géhu 1968; Trifolion maritimi Chapman 1959; Agropyrion pycnanthi Géhu 1968 corr. Díaz González et Fernández Prieto 1994; Agropyrion pycnanthi Géhu 1968 corr. Herrera 1995; Elytrigion athericae Géhu 1968 nom. mut. propos.; Elytrigion pungentis Géhu 1968 nom. mut. propos.; Elymion pycnanthi Géhu 1968 nom. mut. propos.; Elytrigion pungentis J.-M. Géhu et J. Géhu 1969 nom. mut. propos. Schaminee et al, 2012
Brassicion oleraceae Rivas-Mart., Fernández-González et Loidi 1999 Nitrophilpous aerohaline swards on edges of steep coastal cliffs of ibero-cantabrian and franco-britannan distribution Schaminee et al, 2012
Crithmo-Armerion maritimae Géhu 1968 Subaerohaline coastal grasslands on inland edges of salt-sprayed rocky cliffs of Atlantic coasts of Iberian Peninsula and Framce Cochleario officinalis-Armerion maritimae Géhu 1984; Crithmo-Armerion maritimae Géhu 1975; Crithmo-Armerion maritimae Géhu 1984; Sileno-Festucion pruinosae (Géhu 1984) Géhu et Bioret 2000; Sileno-Festucion pruinosae Géhu 2004 Schaminee et al, 2012
Agropyro-Artemision coerulescentis Pignatti 1953 Tyrrhenian-Adriatic (sub)halo-nitrophilous salt-sprayed grassy scrub of edges of coastal lagoons Elytrigio-Artemision coerulescentis Pignatti 1953 nom. mut. propos.; Agropyro pycnanthi-Artemision coerulescentis Pignatti 1953 nom. mut. propos. Schaminee et al, 2012
Silenion maritimae Malloch 1971 Subaerohaline coastal closed perennial swards on sea-cliff tops and ledges little splashed by salt-spray of Great Britain Schaminee et al, 2012
Agrostio-Elytrigion athericae S. Brullo et Siracusa 2000 Halo-nitrophilous grasslands of salt-sprayed coastal sandy-loamy shores of Mediterranean Schaminee et al, 2012

Species mentioned in habitat description


List

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 18.4 Deposit sea-cliffs same
CORINE Land Cover 3.3.2. Bare rock n/a
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 H82 Maritime cliff and slope: soft cliff wider
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 H84 Maritime cliff and slope: coastal grassland overlap
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 H85 Maritime cliff and slope: coastal heathland not defined
Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitats (UK) 27 Maritime cliff and slope wider
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 B3.4 Soft sea-cliffs, often vegetated same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 B3.4 Soft sea-cliffs, often vegetated same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 B3.4 Soft sea-cliffs, often vegetated same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 B3.4 Soft sea-cliffs, often vegetated same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 B3.5 Soft sea-cliffs, often vegetated same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 B7.4 Soft sea-cliffs, often vegetated same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 18.4 Deposit sea-cliffs same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 18.4 Deposit sea-cliffs same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 18.4   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 18.4   same
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