Often on high cliffs, Coastal Grasslands offer a habitat for a range of animal and plant species. Grasslands on chalk and limestone in the south also seem to be popular for a range of insects.
Coastal grasslands often have a range of orchid species on them, including Bee, Early-spider and Green-winged Orchids. Greater Knapweed is often on coastal grassy banks, as well Common Toadflax, Common Broomrape and Red Valerian. Thrift is often common on coastal grasslands.
Due to the wide range of plant species, many species are found here, including those rare elsewhere. Moths include the Crescent Dart, Portland Ribbon Wave and Slender Scotch Burnet, while butterflies include the Lulworth Skipper. Many grasshoppers and crickets are found in coastal grasslands, including the large Great Green Bush-cricket, and the rare Long-winged Conehead and Roesel's Bush-cricket. Many beetles are found rather openly in this habitat, including the Bloody-nosed Beetle and Devil's Coach Horse.
Many birds are found on the coasts of Britain, and those found on coastal grasslands include Wheatear, Stonechat, Buzzard and Skylark. Also, if situated near cliffs, many more species are likely to be seen, including Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel and Fulmar.