Habitat account - Coastal sand dunes and continental dunes
2250 Coastal dunes with Juniperus spp.
Description and ecological characteristics
This habitat type comprises common juniper Juniperus communis scrub on coastal sand dunes in a variety of situations. Both prostrate and erect forms of juniper can be found. Stands are usually very small and are intimately mixed with other Annex I habitat types, including dune grassland and heath. There is complete range from discrete stands to more scattered and occasional individuals, which occur within habitat types defined as fixed dunes.
European status and distribution
Coastal dunes with juniper Juniperus spp. are widespread but uncommon on the coasts of Europe. Northern variants of the community with common juniper Juniperus communis occur in Britain and Denmark, while different species of juniper occur on Iberian and Mediterranean coasts.
UK status and distribution
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Coastal dunes with juniper Juniperus spp. are rare in the UK. Ten localities, all in Scotland, are known, of which three are noteworthy.
SACs where this Annex I habitat is a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection
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