Dynamic Dunescapes in Devon, so far

Bev Phillips

It’s been an unusual start to the Dynamic Dunescapes project due to the unprecedented current circumstances. The project is being funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the EU LIFE Programme, which has ensured that the continuation of certain elements of the project are able to continue.

This has been made possible by rearranging priorities and delivering on educational and engagement aspects of the project in a different manner.

The focus is currently centred around the creation of primary and secondary school academic resources. A large part of the Dynamic Dunescapes project involves working closely with both primary and secondary schools and teachers to enable them to learn about the dune systems and why they are important for wildlife.

This is an exciting and diverse aspect of the project, and one that I am certainly very excited about! The development of a community arts project, deliberating and deciding on the delivery of the John Muir Outdoor Education award, online resources such as informative blogs and educational video blogs, magazine articles, newsletters and events planning, are keeping the team busy, with plenty to be getting on with.

Before the lockdown was initiated, I was also very lucky to assist Paul South with a bee survey at Woolacombe Warren and Downs. This was a first for me and we counted 19 Buff Tailed Queens in total. I am really looking forward to undertaking some more wildlife surveys when the time allows.

Bev - Devon

About the author

Bev Phillips
National Trust Devon

Recently trading West Wales for north Devon, I have over 10 years’ experience volunteering and working for non-profit conservation charities in terrestrial and marine environments, have a BSc Hons in Wildlife Conservation and am passionate about connecting people with their natural environments. Outside of work, I’m a keen climber, surfer and diver and can often be found swinging from an aerial trapeze or exploring the outdoors with my dogs.