Very few tree species can colonize the soil-filled crevasses on the rocky headlands, resulting in few tree stands. The first plants to colonize bare rock, (pioneer plants) include lichens, unique plants which can break apart stone and create growing conditions where more complex species can gain a foothold. Mosses, liverworts and ferns such as rock polypody will grow on rocks as well. As the rocks are broken apart and crevasses that can hold soil develop, other plants including bladder fern, rust woodsia, fir clubmoss, hairgrass and harebell will establish themselves. Other species that will in time establish include reindeer moss (a lichen), crowberries, rhodora, sheep laurel, foxberry, large cranberry, blueberry, Labrador tea, stunted red and white pines, balsam fir, sweet-hurts, alpine whortleberry, red osier dogwood, and creeping and ground junipers.
Cormorants, swallows and gulls can exist on coastal cliffs and use the headland vegetation for resting and nesting. Shore birds like whimbrels and golden plovers seek berries during fall migration. Springtails, mites, bagworm moths (whose larvae feed on lichens) beetles, snails, and slugs are also able to live in this habitat. Harbour and grey seals are frequently seen basking on rocks at low tide.