Included here is vegetation associated with inland and coastal shingle deposits. Shingle is defined as sediment with a diameter larger than sand and smaller than boulders and ranges from  2mm and 200mm. In coastal zones it may develop on simple beaches or on more complex structures such as spits, barriers or barrier islands formed by long shore drift, or cuspate forelands, where series of parallel ridges pile up against the coastline. However, shingle supporting vegetation is a globally restricted habitat with few occurrences outside north-west Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

Vegetated shingle at Broadhaven in North Wales with its distinctive symmetrical stripes.


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