This reference state is a short, open sward primarily dominated by thrift (Armeria maritima). In spring, this habitat can provide spectacular displays of colour around the Welsh coastline, dominated by the pinks and blues of thrift and spring squill (Scilla verna) respectively. As with the Plantago dominated maritime grassland, this habitat is a favoured feeding habitat for the local Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) populations, which forage for ants – especially where the thrift forms small hummocks. The habitat is generally maintained by salt deposition, which is a limiting factor for other competitive plants