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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…

A young man is pictured taking a selfie on the dunes with a large white and orange net in his hand used for surveying insects

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…

Two small black and white birds stand at the edge of the waves on the beach

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…

A fungus with an olive green cap and white stem can be seen in front of brown dying grass

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.

Blue and yellow flowers are growing out of the sand around other vegetation

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.

Blue and yellow flowers are growing out of the sand around other vegetation

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.

A black and white image of sound artist Mac Dunlop looking at the camera

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.

A section of dune covered in brown scrub and bushes

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…

A large brown bird of prey flies with wings outstretched against the blue sky

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…

Immature Red-backed Shrike at Sea View on a branch against the bright sky.

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.

A youtube thumnail is pictured featuring paintings of dune landscapes and a sunset over the coast.

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.

Two yellow differs are shown scraping the top layer of turf from a sand dune to expose bare sand and sandy soil below.

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.

A deer wades through water and reeds in the sunset light

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.

four smiling individuals are pictured on a pebbly beach undertaking a beach clean, with litter pickers and plastic bin bags.

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.

A digger is pictured using its front bucket to help remove scrub from an area of sand dunes

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.

Students sat around a table playing the dune battle card game in class.

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.

An image looking out over sand dune habitat with lots of purple flowering heather.

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.

A smiling young man stands in the dunes and holds up a branch from a tree

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.