Dynamic Dunescapes is an ambitious project, rejuvenating some of England & Wales' most important sand dunes for people, communities and wildlife.

Many of us know and love sand dunes as beautiful coastal landscapes, but they are also important biodiversity hotspots. These dunes are a sanctuary for rare species which are perfectly adapted to live in sand. At a healthy dune, you could find orchids, toads, birds and lizards thriving!

But these special creatures are at risk. Over time, many dunes have become covered by grass and scrub which have over-stabilised the sand, and invasive species have overtaken native ones. We now know that a dune environment needs areas of freely-moving sand, healthy sheltered dune slacks and areas with low vegetation to support its diverse wildlife. We’re using pioneering conservation techniques to rejuvenate the dunes and make their shifting sands the perfect home for our threatened wildlife again.

A green and brown sand lizard sits on a sandy grassy patch of sand dune

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Be part of our community dune-inspired Sea Shanty!

Got pipes? Part of a shanty group or choir? Send us your recordings of 'Dynamic Dune', written by Dunescapes team members Steve and Dave in Cumbria, to be part of our collaborative celebration of coastal heritage and dune landscapes.

Sand Dune Site Managers: Download our new handbook

Featuring detailed methodologies to keep your dune management skills and understanding up to date, and to help you plan the best interventions for your dune site.

Dynamic Dunescapes for you

Whether you're exploring with your family, ready to join our volunteers or seeking innovative student research opportunities there’s a side of Dynamic Dunescapes for everyone.

News and Blogs

Find out about the latest exciting news from the dunes and read about our conservation actions in our blog.

What's on

Explore our upcoming events.

Halloween Beach Clean at South Walney, Cumbria – 30 Oct

Halloween’s not about trick or trash, help us clean the reserve’s beaches and fight pollution like superheroes do, then enjoy some treats on us. Wrap up warm and don your wellies for a spooky afternoon!

Save the dunes! Studland Bay, Dorset

Roll up your sleeves and bring your whole family to this array of conservation activities, including creating a sand lizard habitat!

Sound Exploration, Studland Bay, Dorset

Join our professional sound artist, Adrian Newton, to discover the hidden sounds and untold stories on the dunes!

Nature tots, Studland Bay, Dorset

Bring the little ones for a morning of discovery and adventure on the sand dunes!

Natural Resources Sculpture Creations, Studland Bay, Dorset

Join professional artist Heidi Steller, in learning more about sand dunes through art, sound and natural materials.

Bats on the dunes, Studland Bay, Dorset

Come and join us after dark for an exciting evening of Bat spotting and conservation talks.

Dune Ecology Walk, Studland Bay, Dorset

Join David Brown, National Trust Ecologist at Purbeck, for a specialist walk through the sand dune system.

[Online] Shifting approaches, shifting sands – how dune management has changed, with Tim at Plantlife

Find out why we’ve ditched the bucket and spade and have brought in the diggers. By the end of the session, you will understand the threats to sand dunes, historic management practices and how we can reintroduce natural dynamism into sand dunes.

[Online] Intelligence services – Understanding dunes through community science, with David at Plantlife

The Dynamic Dunescapes App provides a range of activities to measure sand dune health. How can you get involved and what can the data tell us?

The Triangle, Sefton Coast: Dune Heath Management Drop-in Sessions

Get hands-on and help us restore this fantastic area of dune heath habitat! We’ll be there between 10am-3pm and there will be a range of tasks you can get involved in, with something for all abilities.