Coastal Plants and Halophytes


This webinar will be presented by Lorna Bointon. Primarily a botanical and ecological writer and trainer, Lorna is also a Sea Watch Foundation regional coordinator and a marine mammal medic with British Divers Marine Life Rescue. She is passionate about the marine environment from phytoplankton at the base of the food chain up to apex predators at the top of the food chain. Having a foot in both educational and ecological camps Lorna has over 25 years’ experience of teaching and writing educational and ecological resources, including writing BBC Springwatch Blogs. She is also an assessor and internal verifier, writing and moderating for two examining boards. Lorna is a professional member of the Marine Biological Association and the World Seagrass Association.


The session will look at the various plant species found on sea-sprayed cliffs, down to the shingle and strandline and extending out into the sea. The session will look at how these seaside specialists (halophytes) cope with the saline environment and the importance of some plant species in stabilising dunes and sustaining life by providing food and shelter for many organisms. We will also look at how marine algae and phytoplankton contribute to climate regulation/oxygen production. We will also look at taxonomic structure and classification of plant species.

Knowledge Level

Suitable for all

Group Booking Information 

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Tickets Person(s) Price
Group Bookings (Members only) 1 £25.00
Member Ticket 1 £10.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £20.00