Pampas Grass

A late afternoon visit to Fairlight Cove yesterday in search of Eiders was unsuccesful, with just 1 Great Crested Grebe visible on the sea. However the low winter sun illuminated the flower heads of the Pampas Grass which has colonised the cliff base, highlighting how much this has spread. This is of course a “garden escape”, plants having either been thrown over the cliff from gardens above, or fallen off as the gardens collapsed.

This is a dramatic example of how non-native plants can out-compete native species and become dominant; much of the flora of the cliff base here is non-native, but the grass seems set to take over.

Invasive Pampas Grass at Fairlight Cove

 

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