Engagement Placements – Studland Student Blog

For me, nature is a solace in times of stress and turbulence. For the last year, I’ve been working on a series of illustrated mini-collections, with the aim of inspiring people to reconnect with the wilderness on their doorsteps.

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Student Project: Skylark and Meadow Pipit Surveys

Blog Student Project: Skylark and Meadow Pipit Surveys Wenna Grigg Join placement student Wenna as she talks through her experience working with Dynamic Dunescapes at The Towans in Cornwall Hello, I’m Wenna and I’m currently completing a post-graduate certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques with the University of Oxford. One aspect of this course is planning…

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Community-painted birds arrive at Studland Bay

Blog Community-painted birds arrive at Studland Bay Dynamic Dunescapes Community-painted birds arrive at Studland Bay as part of a project to bring important wading birds back to Poole Harbour. This week, eight colourful arty birds will be installed across the popular Shell Bay. These wooden birds have been individually painted by local youth groups and…

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John Muir Award Update

Blog John Muir Award Update Emma Waldron The John Muir award is given in recognition of young people connecting with and conserving nature. There are 4 challenges to each award and three levels of commitment. As part of Dynamic Dunescapes, we help people to complete their John Muir Award by getting involved with our conservation…

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Who is hibernating in our dunes this winter?

Blog Who is hibernating in our dunes this winter? Emma Waldron As winter draws in and the days get colder, many of our dune species prepare themselves for the long wait until spring. Here, we shine the spotlight on the species hibernating in our dunes, nestled just below the surface of the sand.   What…

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Soil and… Sand Dunes?

Blog Soil and… Sand Dunes? Emma Waldron December 5th is World Soil Day – a day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of healthy soils. Soil may not be the first thing you think of when picturing sand dunes, but the soil layer that forms on the top of older…

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Scrub cut at Cleethorpes will boost dune biodiversity

Blog Scrub cut at Cleethorpes will boost dune biodiversity By regularly coppicing areas of scrub, conservationists will dramatically improve these coastal habitats for rare wildlife Coastal sand dunes are the most threatened habitat type in Europe from biodiversity loss. At Cleethorpes, large areas of the dune grassland are becoming overgrown with scrub and rank vegetation,…

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Birds of Prey on the Dunes

Blog Birds of Prey on the Dunes Emma Waldron Birds of prey play an important role in our ecosystems and are key characters in many of our typical countryside scenes – from tawny owls twit-twooing deep in a woodland to buzzards soaring over sunny fields. But have you ever thought of birds of prey being…

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