This project is is using pioneering conservation techniques in dune management, so we are able to offer some exciting research and conservation opportunities for students and researchers

On this page you can find out more about the work that our brilliant students, researchers and young people have been doing as part of the project, through blogs and videos that they have produced.

Scroll down to explore some of our current opportunities if you'd like to apply to get involved too.

Ashleigh's Natterjack Toad Student Project

Meet Ashleigh Toomey, a BSc student at the University of Cumbria. She has chosen to undertake a student project with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Dynamic Dunescapes looking at the impact of introducing a herd of grazing cattle to the natterjack toad populations of Mawbray Banks dunes.

Dynamic Dunescapes (DuneLIFE): Student Research Opportunities

We have a range of possible student research projects available with our teams in Lincolnshire, Dorset, Cornwall and North Devon, ranging from exploring the impact of different land management actions or mapping species distributions, to looking at the impact of Covid-19 on reserve visitors or evaluating the role of social media or signage on connecting communities with the project.

For the full list of opportunities and additional information about each, download this pdf document. To discuss any of the opportunities, send an email to or use the form at the bottom of this page.

Dunescapes Student Bursary recipient, Ben Lam, reflects on his student project in South Wales

Join BSc student at Swansea University, Ben Lam, for a walk on the dunes at Crymlyn Burrows in South Wales, as he shares his experiences undertaking a research project on the dunes and newly-renovated dune slacks, with support from a Dynamic Dunescapes student bursary.

Meet our 2021 Studland Bay Dynamic Dunescapes Placement Students

In this video, which they filmed and produced themselves during their summer placement.

Student Research Presentations

We have been supporting student research projects. Below, you can find out more about some of the existing projects from the students themselves.


Thom Lyons, student at Swansea University, undertook a research project looking at the impacts of Japanese rose (Rosa rugosa) on the invertebrate populations of Crymlyn dunes.

Contact us about student, research or bursary opportunities

If you've got an idea for a project or would like to get in touch with us about potential conservation or research opportunities, you can contact us using this form.

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    Don’t forget you can also sign up for volunteering or citizen science opportunities at our dune sites. Visit our volunteering page to find out more about getting involved and visit our events page to explore some of our upcoming opportunities.