Sea cliff slopes and combes - their management for nature conservation
Britain's sea cliff slops and the seaward sectors of coastal valleys contain exceptionally rich wildlife habitats. In generic terms they can be called 'coastal slopes'. They support a diverse and often specialist flora which occurs in various grassland, heathland, wetland, woodland and scrub communities. They also have a significant breeding bird fauna which is distinct from that of steep sea cliffs, as well as a wide diversity of invertebrates, many of which are thermophilous ('warmth-loving) specialists which are largely or wholly restricted to coastal habitats.