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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Important Notice:

When visiting your local sand dunes, remember to follow

Coronavirus restrictions and The Countryside Code.

Take Part in the John Muir Dune Discovery Award

A fantastic environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It helps people connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places.

Tune in and explore Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR with Bill Oddie

By following our new audio-guided trail in Lincolnshire.

Get Creative with a Dune Art Challenge

Simple, fun, and fantastic for kids, we have created eight different sand dune-inspired arts and crafts activities, each with a how-to video and accompanying downloadable activity sheets.

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.