British NVC community SD11

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NVC community SD11 (Carex arenaria - Cornicularia aculeata dune community) is one of the 16 sand-dune communities in the British National Vegetation Classification system.

It is one of four communities associated with fixed dunes.

It is a comparatively localised community. There are two subcommunities.

Community composition[edit]

The following constant species are found in this community:

The following rare species are also associated with the community:


This community is found on the east coast, mostly on the sand-dunes of Norfolk and Suffolk, but also in Aberdeenshire and on the south coast of Kent, it is also found inland, in The Brecks on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.


There are two subcommunities:

  • the Ammophila arenaria subcommunity
  • the Festuca ovina subcommunity


  • Rodwell, J. S. (2000) British Plant Communities Volume 5 - Maritime communities and vegetation of open habitats ISBN 0-521-39167-9 (hardback), ISBN 0-521-64476-3 (paperback)