Isles of Scilly - AONB

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The Bar separating Gugh and St Agnes

Sandy Coast with Dunes and Grassland

Key Features:

– Low-lying sheltered coast frequently backing wide bays fringed with white quartz sandy beaches.

– Varied vegetation including short turf swards, dune pasture and accreting dune systems with marram grass.

– Areas of short turf often feature open freshwater pools.

– Naturalised exotic species such as agapanthus and Hottentot fig have colonised many dunes and coastal edges.

– Fields created on sandy soils support rich populations of arable plant species that provide remarkable summer colour.

– High nature conservation value including outstanding lichen, nationally rare plants and invertebrates and important archaeological sites spanning prehistory to modern times.

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