marram grass


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marram grass

Ammophila arenaria, a grass found on coastal sand dunes. It is a XEROPHYTE that is capable of rolling its leaves to prevent water loss in dry conditions. It has deeply running stems (RHIZOMES) and roots that bind the sand in the dunes and thus is often planted to stabilize dune systems.
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Its stoss slope is strongly abraded by waves and covered with marram grass with height ranging from about 40 to 60 cm.
The fixed hind dunes remained morphologically stable throughout the monitoring survey and any areas of bare sand were progressively colonized by marram grass (Fig.
European marram grass has been used to stabilize dunes, and has even been successfully introduced into the United States and Canada.
Liam (left) and Ellis Barrie from the Marram Grass Cafe in Newborough, Anglesey Iain Watts/Caters News
As well as being an important habitat for wildlife, the sand dunes are vital as a natural sea defence - it is the deep root network of the marram grass that stabilises the dunes allowing them to perform this essential function.
First stages of the work include a site clean-up and the planting of marram grass to stabilise the sand dunes.
The area is a site of special scientific interest and it is the habitat for many ground nesting birds - particularly in the marram grass around the dunes, which holds the dunes together.
THE MARRAM GRASS White Lodge, Pen Lon, Newborough LL61 6RS.
Marram grass was planted in the 18th century, to maintain the sand dunes
Pupils from Christ Church CofE primary school, in Bootle, visited the Formby sand dunes yesterday and added marram grass in a bid to stabilise their movement.
Other activities will include a visit to the Watch Tower at Seaton Sluice and its display of information and memorabilia; an opportunity to learn how to make butterfly kites and Marram grass planting with the Links Conservation Group.