June 25th 2021 is World Sand Dune Day – the first day of its kind designed to highlight the importance of sand dunes!

World Sand Dune Day will be celebrated annually by coastal communities and projects across the world, established by Dynamic Dunescapes and Sands of LIFE, two projects working to restore coastal sand dune systems. On 25th of June, coastal site managers, community groups and some of the UK's biggest conservation organisations will be hosting a range of exciting events, designed to help you learn more about these incredible habitats, find out how to help protect the species that live in them and, above all, enjoy these beautiful coastal landscapes!

Scroll down to explore the different in-person and digital activities that we've got planned, including photography and wildlife workshops, citizen science bioblitzes, mindfulness and yoga classes, guided nature walks and creative arts sessions. We'll be updating this page regularly, so check back again soon for more details and events.

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Dynamic Dunescapes Dune Den in Studland Bay Dorset

Can I celebrate anywhere?

If you don’t live near one of our planned event sites, you can still get involved! Set off in search of wildlife along your own local coastline or perhaps organize a sand dune litter pick near you.

Be sure to tag us in your photos of the day @dynamicdunes and use #WorldSandDuneDay.

Can I set up my own World Sand Dune Day event?

Yes! If you’d like to host your own event as part of World Sand Dune Day, let us know what you’re planning by emailing dynamicdunescapes@naturalengland.org.uk.

World Sand Dune Day physical events

Book your place at one of our guided walks or creative workshops, and find out what's going on at a sand dune near you:

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Litter-pick and Tai Chi at Formby, for World Sand Dune Day

Join our National Trust team at Formby to celebrate World Sand Dune Day with activity sessions including tai chi and litter picking.

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Yoga and Tai Chi – World Sand Dune Day at Ainsdale NNR, Sefton Coast

Sign up for a free tai-chi or yoga class in the dunes to celebrate World Sand Dune Day at Ainsdale National Nature Reserve.

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Nature Mindfulness at Morfa Harlech, North Wales

Join us for a nature-related mindfulness session on the beach at Morfa Harlech, North Wales, on June 23rd.

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World Sand Dune Day at Morfa Harlech, North Wales

25th June is World Sand Dune Day, so join us at Morfa Harlech, North Wales, for dune yoga and orchid walks.

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Orchid Walks, Yoga and Memory Recording – Kenfig NNR, South Wales

25th June is World Sand Dune Day, so join us at Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Bridgend, for a day of celebration and adventure!

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Yoga, Wood Carving, Wildife Photography; Woolacombe World Sand Dune Day

Join our National Trust team in Devon for a jam-packed day of activities, from arts to wellness sessions and wildlife workshops.

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Art, Science and Moving Sands – Haverigg, Cumbria, World Sand Dune Day

Join us for an Art, Science and Environment taster day at Haverigg. Offering a fascinating view of the invisible and visible world on this hidden coast, experience the dunes in a different way.

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Yoga at Ainsdale National Nature Reserve, World Sand Dune Day

Join our Natural England team for activities including free yoga and tai-chi classes in the dunes, on this national nature reserve for World Sand Dune Day.

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World Sand Dune Day at Croyde Bay, Devon

In Devon on World Sand Dune Day? Join our friends at Croyde Beach in search of wildlife with a rockpool ramble and a dune bug hunt!

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Cleethorpes Beach: Sand Dune Day in Lincolnshire

On August 28-29th, meet us at Cleethorpes Beach for a day of activities including a guided dune and saltmarsh walk and self-led macrophotography and geocaching trails.

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World Sand Dune Day at Studland Bay, Dorset

At Studland Bay, join our National Trust team for a fun day of sand dune activities including wildlife walks, nature tots sessions, geocaching and sound walk trails!

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Fylde Sand Dunes World Sand Dune Day with Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Our friends at Lancashire Wildlife Trust celebrating are World Sand Dune Day with guided walks, sketching, mindfulness sessions and a litter pick!

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Cornwall 24-Hour BioBlitz at Penhale Dunes

A family-friendly race against time to find, record and learn about as much wildlife as possible on Penhale Dunes, for World Sand Dune Day!

All World Sand Dune Day physical events are subject to government coronavirus regulations and are subject to change.

World Sand Dune Day digital events

Sign up to one of our online sessions:

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From Dune – To Dune, Mayo County Council

From the Sand Dunes of Mulranny, across Clew Bay to the Sand Dunes of Bertra Beach: ‘From Dune – To Dune’ is a sharing of the journeys of community responses to the effects of coastal erosion.

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Sand Dune Restoration on the Sefton Coast

Join Natalie Coffey, Dynamic Dunescapes Engagement Officer, to find out more about our sand dune restoration work on the Sefton Coast.

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Leif Bersweden: The Beauty and Adaptations of Orchids in our Sand Dunes

Join botanist and orchid-expert, Leif Bersweden, for a virtual tour of some of the dunes’ most vibrant floral inhabitants.

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Film: Living with Dunes (Norfolk coast)

Join us for a filmed walk-through one of Norfolk’s most iconic sand dune sites; Holme-next-the-Sea, celebrating its value to people and nature.

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Bird Life in Our Dunes, with Ornithologist Dan Rouse

Join ornithologist, presenter, bird tour guide and author Dan Rouse to explore some of the amazing birds that live in our sand dunes.

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Shifting Sands: An Intro to Dynamic Dunescapes

Join Tim from Plantlife to kick-start our fortnight of digital events in the lead up to World Sand Dune Day, and find out more about Dynamic Dunescapes.

This new international awareness day has been established by Dynamic Dunescapes and Sands of LIFE.

Dynamic Dunescapes: Dynamic Dunescapes (DuneLIFE: LIFE17 NAT/UK/000570) is a partnership project restoring sand dunes across England and Wales for the benefit of wildlife, people and communities, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the EU LIFE Programme. Project partners are Natural England, Plantlife, National Trust, Natural Resources Wales, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Sands of LIFE: Sands of LIFE (LIFE17 NAT/UK/000023) is a major conservation project to revitalise sand dunes across Wales. It will recreate natural movement in the dunes and rejuvenate habitats which are home to some of our rarest wildlife. The £4 million project, led by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), will restore over 2400 hectares of sand dunes, across four Special Areas of Conservation, on 10 separate Welsh sites. The project has received 75% funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union, with the Welsh Government providing 25% match funding.

 

Meet our Partners for World Sand Dune Day

Here at Dynamic Dunescapes, we're delighted to be celebrating sand dunes with friends and colleagues across the UK. Click the links below to find out more about some of the projects and partners beyond Dynamic Dunescapes, who are getting involved in World Sand Dune Day.