Quite a number of these spiny, woody gorse shrubs were seen in the Drain. They had a typical stature of 140 to 190 cm.
If you look at the location on satellite view you will see a big dirt road out to some ruins on a cliff, which is a former shooting location for the movie Prince Caspian. Now, all that remains is gorse. Lots and lots of gorse.
Tough customer, as you can see. All over the place -- probably because most sheep won't eat it.
Directions from Day Use/Beach Access Parking Area: Walk 300 feet toward the beach; turn north on the path that parallels the tree line and proceed 0.2 mile.
1-1 1/2 meters tall, spreading wider, grey-green and spiny. Narrow, sharply pointed leaves stiffen into spines as they age. 2 cm. hairy seedpods. Associated with salal and grasses.
Ulex europaeus (gorse, common gorse, furze or whin) is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to portions of Europe from the northern United Kingdom south to Portugal, and from the western Republic of Ireland east to Galicia in Poland and Ukraine.