Dynamic Dunescapes:  Shifting sands

Hosted by Tim Braund

Sand dunes are the habitat most at risk in Europe from biodiversity loss. Many of us know and love sand dunes as beautiful coastal landscapes, but they are also important biodiversity hotspots. These dunes are a sanctuary for rare species which are perfectly adapted to live in sand. At a healthy dune, you could find thriving populations of orchids, floristically and herb-rich grasslands, toads, birds and lizards.

But these special species are at risk. Over time, many dunes have become covered by rank grass and scrub which have over-stabilised the sand, and invasive species have out-competed specialist native plants reducing biodiversity. We now know that a dune environment needs areas of freely-moving sand, healthy sheltered dune slacks and areas with low vegetation to support its diverse wildlife. We’re using pioneering conservation techniques to rejuvenate the dunes and make their shifting sands the perfect home for our threatened wildlife again.

In a 35 year career, Tim has wide and diverse experience of public participation and engagement. He has worked in both the charity and public sectors from inner city wildlife regeneration schemes in London and habitat management & restoration in East Anglia with BTCV (now TCV), to the uplands of Exmoor National Park.  With a focus on participation, learning, engagement and inclusion, he is passionate about getting people outdoors, active and connected to nature. 

Dynamic Dunescapes is an ambitious project, rejuvenating some of England & Wales' most important sand dunes for people, communities and wildlife.



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