Today marks the first World Sand Dune Day (25 June 2021) and is the first awareness day of its kind celebrating the beauty and biodiversity of sand dunes.
Established by Dynamic Dunescapes and Sands of LIFE, World Sand Dune Day is raising awareness of both the specialist creatures that inhabit dunes and the threats they currently face.
To launch World Sand Dune Day, events are being held at Dynamic Dunescapes’ sites across England and Wales, with Natural England chair Tony Juniper and Cornwall Wildlife Trust chief executive Carolyn Cadman joining a ‘Citizen Science Bioblitz’ species recording event at Penhale Dunes in Cornwall.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust chief executive, Carolyn Cadman, said:
“Sand dunes are amazing places which are used by many people and visitors and home to common and rare wildlife, such as the tuneful skylark, Cornwall’s iconic chough and tiny, rare petalworts, just a few millimetres in size.
“Parts of the dunes have become covered in thick vegetation and less sand is moving around in the wind. This puts pressure on species which need areas of bare sand to survive so we’re pioneering new conservation techniques to rejuvenate the dunes - to get the sand moving again - helping wildlife to thrive.
“World Sand Dune Day is the first of many. It is being established this year with the ambition that it should grow, year on year, and connect projects and communities improving dunes all over the world as part of our global natural heritage.”