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John Muir Award Update
Blog 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 and restoration work, and have created…
Student Project: ‘Death, Dunes and Pretty Pink Flowers: The problems posed by Japanese Rose on dune biodiversity’
Thanks to the pandemic, student Thom Lyons missed out on fieldwork opportunities, so instead worked with Dynamic Dunescapes to gain valuable ecology experience.
Who is hibernating in our dunes this winter?
Blog 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 is hibernation? Hibernation is when an animal enters a dormant…
October & November 2021 Wetland and Seabirds of Note at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR
Writing from Lincolnshire, our regular bird blogger Cliff Morrison shares his notable seabird sightings this autumn.
Soil and… Sand Dunes?
Blog 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 dunes plays a vital role in…
Fantastic fungi: Sand dune ‘shrooms to see in the UK
Late autumn is a brilliant time to see many of the UK’s mushrooms and sand dunes can have some of the most interesting of them all! Here’s our guide to spotting some fantastic fungi.
Scrub removal at Pembrey to improve dunes for biodiversity
Scrub provides a splash of greenery in our sandy spaces, but too much scrub smothers the sand dunes and has a devastating effect on the specialist plants and invertebrates which live there. This winter Natural Resources Wales will be removing non-native, invasive plant species from areas of dune at Pembrey to help wildlife thrive.
Gwaredu prysgwydd ym Mhen-bre i wella’r twyni ar gyfer bioamrywiaeth
Mae prysgwydd yn darparu fflach o wyrddni yn ein hardaloedd tywodlyd, ond mae gormod o brysgwydd yn mygu’r twyni tywod ac yn cael effaith andwyol ar y planhigion arbenigol a’r infertebratau sy’n byw yno. Yn ystod y gaeaf hwn, bydd Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru yn gwaredu rhywogaethau anfrodorol ymledol o ardaloedd o’r twyni tywod ym Mhen-bre i helpu bywyd gwyllt i ffynnu.
Detecting Bats and Other Noises; a final Sand Waves Sound Art Post
Mac Dunlop is a sound artist, who has received one of the Dynamic Dunescapes art grants to work with our Cornwall Wildlife Trust team and create something inspired by the beautiful Cornish dunes. He has created ‘Sand Waves’, a collection of seven Sound Art compositions.
Scrub cut at Cleethorpes will boost dune biodiversity
Blog 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, which reduces the size and types of habitat…
Birds of Prey on the Dunes
Blog 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 a part of our sand dunes? Thanks to…
Birds at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR: Migrants of Note in Oct/Nov 2021
Reserve volunteer and keen birder Cliff Morrison is back with his latest update from Saltfleetby in Lincolnshire, this time keeping a watchful eye on the migrant bird species arriving, or not arriving, on the NNR this autumn.
Painting Lincolnshire’s Coast: A Creative Community Animation
We worked with local artists, Juneau Projects, to create an intergenerational, community animation about Lincolnshire’s sand dunes, using footage from around our coastline and turning it into artwork with schools, community groups and care homes.
Scraping the dunes will help save Cumbria’s coastal sands
To help combat the biodiversity loss currently experienced by coastal dunes, the ambitious Dynamic Dunescapes project will remove layers of turf from sand dunes in Cumbria.
Autumn Brings a Tidal Surge to Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR
Natural England volunteer Cliff Morrison shares his latest update from the reserve in Lincolnshire, where an autumnal tidal surge floods the salt marsh and impacts wildlife.
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.