If conditions remain stable at the sand surface
Red Fescue and mosses (for example Tortula ruraliformis)
will continue to cover the bare sand between the patches of Marram.
Tortula ruraliformis covering the sand surface
in the semi-fixed dunes
In these semi-fixed dunes
Restharrow Ononis repens
becomes very common. This plant is a legume; its root nodules contain
nitrogen-fixing bacteria that convert atmospheric nitrogen to nitrate,
a major plant nutrient. Species diversity continues to increase.
Examples of plants common in the semi-fixed dunes are: