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.
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Find out about the latest exciting news from the dunes and read about our conservation actions in our blog.
On June 25th, to celebrate the first World Sand Dune Day, ten bright and bold, community-painted cow sculptures will form a fun and educational ‘Cows on Dunes’ visitor trail through the dunes
Our wonderful volunteer and keen birder Cliff Morison shares some of his top avian sightings from Lincolnshire’s Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve in April 2021.
Natural England Senior Reserves Manager, John Osborne, shares his experiences supporting the breeding ringed plover, tern and oystercatcher populations at North Walney NNR in Cumbria.
Have you spotted any new faces at Studland Bay? From April 2021, ten bright arty cows will be unveiled on the dunes.
Nature has long roused artists and creatives. In this series meet our collaborative poet Bethan and enjoy her evocative coast-inspired work.
Join Cliff Morrison for a wildlife-spotting trip to Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR in Lincolnshire.
Listen for winter birdsong and join Tish as she explores the sand dunes at Anderby, watches for wildlife and admires the expansive skies.
There are many keen birders involved in Dynamic Dunescapes, and one such individual is Cliff Morrison who volunteers at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR in Lincolnshire. In this blog series, he’ll be sharing his recent experiences and bird sightings at the reserve.
V-shaped gaps will be excavated in the front of selected sand dunes at Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR to improve these dunes for rare wildlife.
This October half term, we’ve chosen some of our favourite family activities for you and the kids, from exploring the dunes in search of some of the fantastic autumn plants and fungi that are growing right now, to downloading some of our sand dune wildlife spotter activity sheets!
In the spring of 2020, the progress of Dynamic Dunescapes project work in Lincolnshire has of course been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s an update on what we have been able to do at Saltfleetby-Theedlethorpe NNR.
As we celebrate 75 years since the end of the Second World War in 2020, one of the Dynamic Dunescapes project sites offered up a previously unearthed piece of wartime history, buried in the dunes for over three quarters of a century.
In February this year our Lincolnshire team installed a series of new fences in carefully-chosen sites across the dunes at Saltfleetby-Theedlethorpe. The purpose of these new fences is to protect certain areas, including some of the pools that are used as key breeding areas for the dunes’ population of rare natterjack toads. The fences are…
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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!
Roll up your sleeves and bring your whole family to this array of conservation activities, including creating a sand lizard habitat!
Join our professional sound artist, Adrian Newton, to discover the hidden sounds and untold stories on the dunes!
Bring the little ones for a morning of discovery and adventure on the sand dunes!
Join professional artist Heidi Steller, in learning more about sand dunes through art, sound and natural materials.
Come and join us after dark for an exciting evening of Bat spotting and conservation talks.
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?
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.