Great Crested Newt
Sand dunes are a great place for me to live, especially when the dune system is made up of a mosaic of different habitat
Related to the dune gentian (Gentianella uliginosa), I am a tiny plant, no more than an inch or two tall, which lives in dune grassland.
I used to live in lots of dune habitats all across the UK, where I was an important part of life in the dunes: my grazing would keep grassland short and by digging my burrows, I would keep patches of sand bare and encourage sand movement through the dunes.
Northern Dune Tiger Beetle
Can you see the large mandibles, a bit like pincers, near my mouth? I use these to dismember my prey!
One of the most famous animals to live on the Lincolnshire coast, but I’m also one of the rarest seals in the world!
In June, my tiny yellow flowers add sunny splashes of colour to the landscape, but there are very few habitats left in the UK that I can live in!
Silver-Studded Blue Butterfly
I’m a big favourite with Cornwall’s sand dune visitors in the summer months.
I love basking in the sun on bare sand, however, you will be lucky to spot many of my friends as we are one of the UK’s rarest reptiles.