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Local Architects pitch in to support wildlife conservation at South Walney Nature Reserve, Cumbria
Kendal-based O’Neil Architects joined our Dynamic Dunescapes Cumbria Wildlife Trust team for a Wild Work Day at South Walney.
Diggers in the Dunes! Military training exercise will help sand dune restoration and boost biodiversity at Penhale Dunes, Cornwall
Working with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, this week The British Army will remove patches of scrub from overgrown areas of sand dunes on MOD land as part of a training exercise using JCB diggers, to give sand dune wildlife a much-needed boost.
Dune Battle – tackling biodiversity in the dunes through gameplay
When Biology Teacher Jon Hale tweeted at Dynamic Dunescapes, he had a vision for how useful co-creating a game could be for students studying sand dunes and succession.
Recording in the Rain
Join sound artist Mac and Dunescapes Engagement Officer Andy for a blog post and an audio walk through the dunes at Perranporth in Cornwall.
Rekindling a Connection With Nature; Charlie’s Student Placement Experience
The placement rekindled my love for the environment, after the pandemic and online learning made me feel disconnected to something that I used to be really passion about.
Arts Alive; A Creative Update From Cumbria
In Cumbria, we work closely with artist Irene Rogan to deliver engaging events connecting communities and school groups with nature and our coastal dunes. Here’s what Irene has been up to this summer.
Breeding Bird Population Changes (2020-2021) at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR
Natural England volunteer and regular Dynamic Dunescapes bird blogger from Lincolnshire Cliff Morrison explores the changes seen in the breeding bird populations at his local Saltfleetby NNR.
Saltmarsh creation and growing foredunes: Four decades of change at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR
For nearly 40 years Cliff Morrison has been walking the NNR and has watched how this dynamic dune landscape has changed over time – with some new habitats created and others lost.
Beth and the Bees: on Placement in Devon
Before Beth set off to start her PhD, she spent a month surveying bees on the dunes with our North Devon National Trust team, working with Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
A Summer of Public Engagement, by Amy
Meet Amy, one of the placement students who built up their public engagement skills and experience whilst on placement with Dynamic Dunescapes at Studland Bay.
Arts Alive; Spotlight on Community Arts in Cumbria
Working with Dynamic Dunescapes and Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Irene Rogan has been connecting art and science by creating immersive and exciting art sessions.
Sounding Perran Sands
This time at Gear Sands, sound artist Mac Dunlop reports in on his progress as he works on an audio project based in the dunes of Cornwall.
Busy bovine conservationists: Cows have returned to Studland Bay after 90 years!
Grazing cattle will boost biodiversity and now, with smart GPS collars, National Trust livestock managers can control where the helpful herd grazes from their mobile phones.
My Studland Bay Summer Conservation Placement, by Helen
Having already volunteered on the Dynamic Dunescapes project at Studland, this student placement was the perfect opportunity for Helen to bolster her practical skills.
Sand Waves: Creating a sound art project with Dynamic Dunescapes
Meet the first recipient of our arts funding grant, sound artist Mac Dunlop, and find out about how he’s creating a dune-inspired soundscape.
On Placement with Dunescapes: Bethany’s story
Bethany reflects on her summer placement with the Dunescapes National Trust Dynamic Dunescapes team at Studland Bay.
The Life of a Dunescapes Placement Student, by Katie
‘Placements are invaluable to students like me.’ Find out how university student Katie got involved in citizen science and public engagement activities during her placement with National Trust at Studland Bay.
On Placement with Dunescapes: ‘Great Experiences’ by Rhys
Based at Studland Bay with our National Trust team, placement student Rhys reflects on the things he learned and enjoyed as part of Dynamic Dunescapes.
A Guide: Summer Orchids at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR
Early June to mid-July is the prime time for spectacular orchid displays across the reserve – find out how you can spot the seven different species found here.