Bringing the dunes back to life

Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club

Wales

Written by: Simon Hopkin

Why healthy sand dunes are important: Over the past 80 years, nearly 90% of the open sand has disappeared being replaced by dense grass and scrub. The dunes have become stable and fixed, and rare wildlife has disappeared. Sand dunes are wild, iconic landscapes. They are biodiversity hotspots where carpets of orchids still survive alongside songbirds, butterflies, and a wide array of endangered insects. . Action we're taking: • Re-profiling dunes and creating bare sand to allow sand to move again. • Lowering the surface of dried-out dune slacks (hollows) to re-create pools and wet habitat. • Remove scrub and invasive non-native species which are smothering and stabilising the dunes.

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