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P6180094 - Dungeness beach: Viper's Bugloss

Observed: 18th June 2011 By: mamoof
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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there was a strong gale blowing when I took this photo from the shelter afforded by the side of a coach in the car park at Dungeness beach. Having difficulty in walking, I didn't dare to venture out from the shelter as there was quite a risk of being blown over, so I couldn't really attempt to identify the plants in the picture. I think I could make out sea holly and there was what appeared to be patches of sea kale growing the whole stretch of the beach to the sea. The plant I am reasonably sure about is Viper's Bugloss (a small patch of blue spikes in the front right of the photo), as this was growing in sheets of blue at other locations nearby (by which time my camera batteries were flat)

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Species with which Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) interacts


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Love the place!
Used to go there when my daughter was at the University of Kent.Amazing diversity of plants.So atmospheric.

David J Trevan

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Many thanks to cicenta58 for confirming my identification of vipers bugloss, and also to David Trevan for his comment. I'm really looking forward to going back to Dungeness in better weather - and with much more time.