Shifting coastal dunes

English name: Shifting coastal dunes

Description (English)

Mobile sands of the coasts of the boreal, nemoral, steppe, Mediterranean and warm-temperate humid zones, unvegetated or occupied by open grasslands; they may form tall dune ridges or, particularly along the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, be limited to a fairly flat upper beach, still subject in part to inundation.

Source:
EUNIS habitat classification
Interpretation Manual of the habitats targeted by Resolution No. 4

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code B1.3
Bern Convention Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)
Relation to Annex I habitat types (EU Habitats Directive)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Name Definition Other names Reference
Polycarpaeo niveae-Euphorbion paraliae Rivas-Mart. et Wildpret in Rivas-Mart. et al. 2002 Canarian and West-Saharian oceanic halophilous scrub on mobile coastal desertic dunes Polycarpaeo niveae-Euphorbion paraliae Rivas-Mart. et al. 2001 Schaminee et al, 2012
Elymion gigantei Morariu 1957 Vegetation of Euxinic tall-grass swards on embryonic coastal sand dunes Leymion sabulosi Morariu 1957 nom. mut. propos. Schaminee et al, 2012
Agropyro-Honckenyion peploidis Tx. in Br.-Bl. et Tx. 1952 nom. mut. Temperate pioneer rhizomatous swards of coastal foredunes of cold-temperate Atlantic and Baltic seaboards Agropyrion junceiformis (Tx. in Br.-Bl. et Tx. 1952) Rivas-Mart. et al. 1980; Agropyro-Minuartion peploidis Tx. in Br.-Bl. et Tx. 1952 (basionym); Honckenyo peoploidis-Elytrigion boreali-atlanticae Tx. in Br.-Bl. et Tx. 1952 nom. mut. et nom. invers.; Honckenyo-Elymion arenarii Tx. 1970; Honckenyo-Leymion arenarii Tx. 1966; Agropyrion juncei (Tx. in Br.-Bl. et Tx. 1952) Géhu et al. in Géhu et al. 1984; Agropyrion junceiformis Géhu et al. ex Loriente 1978; Agropyrion boreoatlanticum J.-M. Géhu et Géhu 1969; Elymo boreoatlantici-Honckenyion peploides Tx. in Br.-Bl. et Tx. 1952 nom. mut. propos.; Elytrigio boreoatlanticae-Honckenyion peoploidis Tx. In Br.-Bl. et Tx. 1952 nom. mut. propos.; Elytrigion boreoatlanticum Géhu et Géhu 1969 nom. mut. propos.; Honckenyion peploidis (Tx. 1966) G. Passarge et Passarge 1973; Honckenyo-Leymion arenarii Tx. 1970 nom. mut. propos.; Lathyro-Elymion arenariae G. Passarge et Passarge 1973 Schaminee et al, 2012
Ammophilion Br.-Bl. 1921 Vegetation of warm-temperate mediterranean tall-grass swards on embryonic coastal sand dunes Agropyrion juncei Pignatti 1953; Ammophilion Br.-Bl. 1933; Ammophilion littori-arenariae Br.-Bl. 1921; Ammophilion arundinaceae Br.-Bl. 1921 corr. Géhu et al. in Rivas-Mart. et al. 1990; Ammophilion australis Br.-Bl. 1921 corr. Géhu 1998; Euphorbio-Ammophilion arenariae Géhu et Géhu-Franck 1969; Euphorbio-Festucion dumetori Géhu 1975; Sporobolion arenarii (Géhu et Géhu-Franck ex Géhu et Biondi 1994) Rivas-Mart. et al. 2001; Sporobolion arenarii (Géhu et Géhu-Franck ex Géhu et Biondi 1994) Rivas-Mart. et al. 2002; Agropyrion mediterraneum Géhu et Géhu-Franck 1969; Zygophyllion albi Géhu et al. 1990; Zygophyllion albi Géhu et al. 1991 Schaminee et al, 2012
Elymion arenarii Christiansen 1927 Vegetation of cool-temperate atlantic tall-grass swards on embryonic coastal sand dunes Ammophilion arenariae Tx. 1955; Ammophilion borealis Tx. 1955; Ammophilion borealis Tx. in Br.-Bl. et Tx. 1952; Elymo-Ammophilion (Tx. 1955) Oberd et al. 1967; Psammion arenariae Iversen 1936 (orig. form); Ammophilion arenariae Géhu 1998 Schaminee et al, 2012

Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 16.21 Shifting dunes same
CORINE Land Cover 3.3.1. Beaches, dunes, and sand plains n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.1.3.1a Dune grass variant of the Faroe islands and Iceland. n/a
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 H68 Sand-dune: open dune wider
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 B1.3 Shifting coastal dunes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 B1.3 Shifting coastal dunes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 B1.3 Shifting coastal dunes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 B1.3 Shifting coastal dunes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 B1.3 Shifting coastal dunes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 B5.31 Shifting coastal dunes same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 16.21 Shifting dunes same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 16.21 Shifting dunes same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 16.21   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 16.21   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 16.21   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 16.21   same
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