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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Vulpia fasciculata - Dune Fescue

Range & Status

Native. Mediterranean-Atlantic grass. In Britain it is found right around the coast from East Anglia to Cumbria, plus Northumberland, eastern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Regional Distribution

Only on the dunes along the north coast of Cornwall, particularly the Hayle-Gwithian

Towans (SW54) and Penhale Sands (SW75). It was recently discovered in the Rock

Dunes (SW97).

Habitat & Ecology

Dune Fescue grows in open communities amongst fixed dunes, often with Sand Cat' s-tail Phleum arenarium.




All the sites are protected.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.