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Plantlife has continued to lead the biggest sand dune restoration works ever attempted in the UK, with impressive results.
Our Dynamic Dunescapes partnership project has gained further momentum over the past year with the restoration of additional habitat for the benefit of some of our rarest plants and animals.
The initiative aims to protect the exceptionally biodiverse sand dunes at Braunton Burrows in north Devon. It has seen Plantlife, Natural England, the National Trust and Christie Estates, which own Braunton Burrows, join forces to rejuvenate and proactively manage these unique habitats for our native species.
Surveys carried out at Braunton Burrows have shown it is home to a huge diversity of threatened species, including:
Traditionally, plants at Braunton Burrows have thrived on its low nutrient, calcareous sands. However, conditions have changed dramatically over the last 80 years, with bare sand reducing from over 65% to just 3%. This has impacted significantly on dune specialist plants, which need open areas of bare sand and mobile dunes to flourish.
Together with partners, we have used funding from the EU and Heritage Lottery Fund to:
We have also continued to survey the initial trial plots we created at Braunton Burrows some years ago. The results have been incredibly encouraging and show dramatic new populations of some of our most rare and threatened species are beginning to emerge.
Guided walk participanton seeing newly completed works
It has been another successful year for our dedicated volunteers who are helping to monitor plant populations in the Brecks.
The dedication of hundreds of National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) volunteers across the UK is continuing to support research into the health of our habitats.
We have enhanced habitats at Greena Moor, our culm grassland nature reserve in north Cornwall, for the benefit of three critical species.