2330 Inland dunes with open Corynephorus and Agrostis grasslands
Description and ecological characteristics
This habitat comprises inland dune grassland containing grey hair-grass Corynephorus canescens. In the UK the vegetation of this habitat falls within NVC types SD11 Carex arenaria – Cornicularia aculeata dune community, and SD12 Carex arenaria – Festuca ovina – Agrostis capillaris grassland, where the vegetation includes stands of grey hair-grass in inland situations. Coastal examples of these two NVC types are referable to Annex I type 2130 Fixed dunes with herbaceous vegetation ("grey dunes").
European status and distribution
This Annex I habitat has been recorded from a wide range of Member States within the EU.
UK status and distribution
Inland dunes with open Corynephorus and Agrostis grasslands are an extremely rare habitat in the UK, found in one small part of the Breckland area of East Anglia, eastern England.
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Wangford Warren and adjoining parts of RAF Lakenheath are included in the Breckland site as the only occurrence of this habitat type in the UK. The site has one of the best-preserved systems of active inland sand dunes in the UK. The habitat type, which is in part characterised by the nationally rare grey hair-grass Corynephorus canescens occurring here at its only inland station, is associated with open conditions with active sand movement. The site shows the colonisation sequence from open sand to acidic grass-heath.
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