Maritime gorse heaths

Description (English)

Wind-swept heaths with prostrate, cushiony gorse or broom (Ulex europaeus f. maritimus, Ulex gallii f. humilis, Cytisus scoparius ssp. maritimus), Erica vagans, Erica cinerea, Calluna vulgaris, and numerous other maritime ecotypes, of cliff tops of promontories and islands of Brittany, Cotentin, southern Ireland, Cornwall, Wales, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S4-231

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Calluna vulgaris
Flowering Plants Erica cinerea
Flowering Plants Erica vagans
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Calluna vulgaris Flowering Plants
Erica cinerea Flowering Plants
Erica vagans Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Not available For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F4.231 Maritime gorse heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F4.231 Maritime gorse heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F4.231 Maritime gorse heaths same
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