Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Sand and shingle shore - the soft coast

The Orkney Book of Wildflowers begins its journey by the sea and finishes it on the high hills of Hoy. The first chapter relates to the wildflowers of the sand and shingle shore.

Soft coasts abound on Sanday and the plate shows the shore at the Groanies with Start Point lighthouse in the background. Among the shingle and sand are typical shore plants: Sea Rocket, Curled Dock, Perennial Sowthistle, Sea Sandwort and Sea Mayweed. In among the pebbles you can pick out the grey-blue leaves of Oysterplant - a Sanday speciality

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