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

Read our Mid-term Impact Report

In July 2021 we reached the half way point of our project timeline, so we've taken stock of our progress and, to celebrate everything we've achieved so far, compiled a summary mid-term brochure.

In the downloadable PDF, you can explore some of our conservation and engagement work case studies, find out about some of the media opportunities we've enjoyed, meet our brilliant team of staff, volunteers and grazing livestock, and see how many hectares of sand dune habitat we've been able to remove scrub and invasive species from to help support wildlife.

Important Notice:

When visiting your local sand dunes, remember to follow

Coronavirus restrictions and The Countryside Code.

NEW Sand Dune Education Resources

From case studies and lesson plans to Dune Battle (a Top Trumps-style dune species game) we've created a range of sand dune ecology and conservation resources for science teachers.

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.