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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 gran, sound artist Mac Dunlop, and find out about how he’s creating a dune-inspired soundscape.

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On Placement with Dunescapes: Bethany’s story

Bethany reflects on her summer placement with the Dunescapes National Trust Dynamic Dunescapes team at Studland Bay.

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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.

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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.

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Cattle wearing new smart collars will help improve Lincolnshire’s precious sand dune habitats

Now Reserve Managers at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve can control where the helpful herds graze, from their mobile phones

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Bees, butterflies and bird’s foot trefoil; Flo’s first day on placement

Meet Flo Taylor, our new Dynamic Dunescapes placement student who is working with our North Devon team, and find out about her first day as part of the project.

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Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR Bird Sightings May – June 2021

Join Natural England volunteer and regular Dynamic Dunescapes blogger Cliff Morrison, for an update on the birds that he’s spotted at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR.

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Painted cow sculpture trail arrives at Woolacombe Dunes for the summer

On June 25th, to celebrate the first World Sand Dune Day, ten bright and bold, community-painted cow sculptures will form a fun and educational ‘Cows on Dunes’ visitor trail through the dunes


Nature-inspired art: Creating plant-based paints

An introduction to using a few household items and foods to create colourful natural pigments

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Mindfulness in the Dunes

Need a break? Let Natalie Coffey on the Sefton Coast guide you through a set of mindfulness activities, including a wellness body scan, that you can enjoy at home or out in nature.


Understanding Invasive Species

It’s Invasive Species week. Lots of our sand dune restoration work at Dynamic Dunescapes involves controlling these pesky species. But, what are they, and what harm can they cause? We sat down with specialist Louise Denning, to mark the week and to answer all of the invasive species that we get asked the most.