The burrows are a huge sand dune system, which are ever changing under the influence of the wind. As a dynamic environment, with significant levels of exposure to dessication, a unique community of plants grow there. In addition to the dry areas the dips and hollows (called dune slacks) can be quite marshy and these support a different community again.
|Southern marsh orchid|
|Dune slacks with abundant orchids|
The damp areas are particularly rich in orchids - namely the early marsh orchid sub species coccinea (the brick red flowering spikes in these pictures), southern marsh orchid and marsh hellebore. Other flowering orchid species found on our visit were pyramidal orchids and twayblades.
However these are not the only spectacular and special plants species;