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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.
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.
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
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.
How art students helped to introduce cows to Dorset’s dunes
Blog Four students from Arts University Bournemouth’s Performance Design course have been working with the National Trust to highlight the positive environmental impact of cattle returning to Studland’s sand dunes this summer. The students, who’ve been working on the Dynamic Dunescapes project in collaboration with the National Trust, have been using their scenic art skills…
Bird Sightings at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR – April 15th to May 6th
We join Cliff Morrison, our regular bird blogger and volunteer with our Lincolnshire Natural England team at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR, for another great update on the ever-changing birdlife that the reserve is currently home to.
Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR: Selection Bird Sightings 19th March to15th April 2021
Our wonderful volunteer and keen birder Cliff Morison shares some of his top avian sightings from Lincolnshire’s Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve in April 2021.
Managing people and birds in harmony at North Walney NNR
Natural England Senior Reserves Manager, John Osborne, shares his experiences supporting the breeding ringed plover, tern and oystercatcher populations at North Walney NNR in Cumbria.
We’re carving notches in the dunes at Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR
V-shaped gaps will be excavated in the front of selected sand dunes at Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR to improve these dunes for rare wildlife.
Poetry Spotlight: As The Tide Turns, by Bethan Laurels
‘The sun rises, you adorn your guises…’ Inspired by the seabirds she watches by the coast, this is our final poem from by Bethan Laurels.’
Poetry Spotlight: Willow, by Bethan Laurels
Inspired by a conversation with a child wishing to be a mermaid, this is ‘Willow’, the fourth poem in a series written by Bethan Laurels.
Introducing World Sand Dune Day!
Join us on the June 25th as we celebrate the first World Sand Dune Day – established to highlight the importance of and beauty of sand dunes!
Saving the ‘high dunes’ at Gwithian, Cornwall
Local Cornish resident and tireless environmentalist Sally Foster shares her experiences working to protect some of Cornwall’s beautiful sand dune habitats long before Dynamic Dunescapes joined the fight.
Cows are coming to Studland Bay!
Have you spotted any new faces at Studland Bay? From April 2021, ten bright arty cows will be unveiled on the dunes.
Poetry Spotlight: You’re Calling, by Bethan Laurels
Read ‘You’re Calling’, the third in our Poetry Spotlight series with Bethan Laurels, inspired by dolphin calls off the Cornish coast.
Poetry Spotlight: South To Where The Waters Open, by Bethan Laurels
The second in our Poetry Spotlight series with Bethan Laurels, this is ‘South To Where The Waters Open’
Lincolnshire Birds: Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR Early Spring and Avian Departures
As spring arrives in Lincolnshire, Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR welcomes in some new avian arrivals and waves goodbye to some of the species which have been using the NNR to overwinter safely. Join our regular Lincolnshire bird blogger Cliff Morrison to find out which of our feathered friends have been coming and going in the last few weeks.