Atlantic upper shore communities

English name: Atlantic upper shore communities

Description (English)

Often relatively species-rich, grassy, flowery formations characteristic of the upper levels of the salt meadows of the Atlantic and its connected seas, with Armeria maritima, Glaux maritima, Plantago maritima, Frankenia laevis, Artemisia maritima, Festuca rubra, Agrostis stolonifera, Juncus gerardi, Carex extensa, Blysmus rufus, Eleocharis spp. Similar communities occupying the lower levels of brackish meadows, in particular of the Baltic, are included, while formations restricted to brackish conditions are listed under unit A2.521. The dominance of various species induces distinctive facies, the most important of which are individualised in subunits.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A2.531
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (A2.5)
Relation to Annex I habitat types (EU Habitats Directive)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Agrostis stolonifera
Flowering Plants Armeria maritima
Flowering Plants Artemisia maritima
Flowering Plants Blysmus rufus
Flowering Plants Carex extensa
Flowering Plants Festuca rubra
Flowering Plants Frankenia laevis
Flowering Plants Glaux maritima
Flowering Plants Juncus gerardi
Flowering Plants Plantago maritima
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Agrostis stolonifera Flowering Plants
Armeria maritima Flowering Plants
Artemisia maritima Flowering Plants
Blysmus rufus Flowering Plants
Carex extensa Flowering Plants
Festuca rubra Flowering Plants
Frankenia laevis Flowering Plants
Glaux maritima Flowering Plants
Juncus gerardi Flowering Plants
Plantago maritima Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 15.33 Atlantic upper schorre communities source
CORINE Land Cover 4.2.1. Salt marshes n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.2.4 Blysmus rufus-Sedge type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.2.5 Brown/Black Bog Rush type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.1.3 Common Couch type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.2.5a Dragon's teeth variant n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.1.4 Orache-Knotgrass type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.2.1a Red Fescue-Sea Plantain variant n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.2.1 Saltmarsh Rush - Red fescue type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.4.2 Sea Rush type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.2.2 Sea Wormwood type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.2.6 Shore-swamp fen type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.4.1 Slender Spike Rush-Creeping Bent type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.2.4a Slender Spikerush-Carex salina type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.2 Upper geolittoral vegetation n/a
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM17 Artemisia maritima salt-marsh community narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM19 Blysmus rufus salt-marsh community narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM20 Eleocharis uniglumis salt-marsh community narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM16 Festuca rubra salt-marsh community narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM22 Halimione portulacoides-Frankenia laevis salt-marsh community narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM18 Juncus maritimus salt-marsh community narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM15 Juncus maritimus-Triglochin maritima salt-marsh community narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM21 Suaeda vera-Limonium binervosum salt-marsh community overlap
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.531 Atlantic upper shore communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A2.631 Atlantic upper shore communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A2.631 Atlantic upper shore communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A2.631 Atlantic upper shore communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A2.631 Atlantic upper schorre communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 B3.33 Atlantic upper schorre communities same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 15.33 Atlantic upper schorre communities same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 15.33 Atlantic upper schorre communities same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 15.33   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 15.33   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 15.33   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 15.133   same
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