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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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25 July, 2010

Marram Grass (Ammophila arenaria)

School holidays have started so I guess summer is well and truly with us and thoughts turn to the seaside. In truth, when you live in Dorset thoughts of the seaside are never far away!

The seaside is a complex place naturally speaking. Where salt water meets the land a unique environment is created, a harsh environment with ever changing conditions, especially with the influences of the tide.

Where sandy shores result sand dunes often follow. Not a lot can grow in sand but this plant, Marram Grass can In fact, so good at growing in sand and binding sand together from stopping it spreading it is actually planted for this purpose in some areas.

Marram Grass grows just about anywhere there is sand and so the sandy dunes behind Studland Beach are one obvious place to look for it.