– Narrow strip of land backing rocky coastline.
– Lower, smaller and less exposed that the headland heaths.
– Often adjacent to managed agricultural land and therefore do not evoke a strong sense a wilderness and isolation.
– Predominantly unenclosed but occasionally with small enclosed fields isolated from the larger blocks of farm land in the Islands’ interior.
– Enclosed fields are often abandoned and are a reminder of a previously more extensive agricultural economy.
– Footpaths provide access around the coastline
– Rich in archaeological sites.
On St Mary’s the north-eastern edge includes pine shelterbelts dating from the 19th century and more recent plantations designed to shelter the farmed interior.