South Devon Coast: Bolt Tail to Start Point IPA

Location: South Devon, west and east of Salcombe, south of the A379.

Grid Reference: SX 739 375

South Devon Coast: Bolt Tail to Start Point IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • One of the UK’s most important populations of Shore Dock
  • One of the best UK examples of threatened habitats of:
    Vegetated sea cliffs of the Atlantic coast
  • This stretch of rocky coastland, much within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is made of rocky headlands and steep cliffs towering above sandy coves.

    A variety of different habitats, cliffs, crevices, grassland, heath and scrub support a large number of different plant communities and give this area a high botanical value, with a diverse flora including rarities such as early gentians, shore dock and Lundy cabbage.

    To the west of Salcombe, bare rock rises to maritime grassland where thrift, sea and buck’s horn plantain, wild carrot as well as bloody cranesbill may be found. This habitat, in turn, gradually blends with heathland, where rare species such carrot broomrape, sea storksbill, upright chickweed, Autumn squill, and Portland spurge have been recorded. By contrast, the rocks host a wide variety of lichens, some very rare, such as Buella leptoclinoides and Teloschistes flavicans.