Cliff Aliens

26th May 2010, Wednesday

Walking beneath the cliffs at Fairlight yesterday it was striking how the dominant plants are non-natives. As the gardens (and houses) tumble into the sea, some of the garden plants have established in a big way. The “big three” are Pampas Grass, Wall Flower and Hottentot Fig. They are certainly attractive flowers, but are they a good thing? I suspect they offer food and shelter to many native invertebrates, perhaps even rare species…

Pampas Grass

Wall Flowers

Man made sea defences below Fairlight have created a sheltered shingle beach with Sea Kale