Over the past 150 years, over 80% of the sand dunes in Lancashire have been lost, mainly due to the expansion of Blackpool and St. Annes.
This project works hard to encourage visitors to the dunes in a way which does not further threaten their existence, whilst letting people know about all the important wildlife present.
We are also working to improve the dunes as a sea defence feature, through increasing their width by encouraging natural dune growth on the foreshore. With the help of volunteers and the local community, the Dunes Project aims to make the dunes a better place for both wildlife and people.
Read our Sand Dunes Officer Amy Bradshaw's blog explaining why the sand dunes are the superstars of our coast here.
Also watch this fantastic report (below) by That's Lancashire on our recent Christmas Tree Planting workdays.
Why are Sand Dunes important?
The Fylde sand dunes are an important feature of our coastline, covering approximately 80 hectares between Starr Gate in the north and Lytham in the south. There are over 280 vascular plant species recorded on the Fylde sand dunes, including several internationally rare plants which are endemic to sand dunes in the UK, including the interestingly named Isle of Man cabbage.
Insects are numerous and varied in the dunes, with over 150 species of butterflies and moths recorded. The Fylde dunes are also home to breeding birds including stonechats, skylarks and reed buntings. A large area of the dunes has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as well as being designated Lancashire's first Local Nature Reserve in 1968.
We hold regular volunteer work parties tackling everything from scrub removal to litter picks - there's something for everyone to get involved with!
We also run occassional guided walks around the Fylde Sand Dunes. FREE upcoming walks at Lytham St Anne's Local Nature Reserve are being held on:
- Sunday 2 April 2017
- Saturday 29 April 2017
- Sunday 14 May 2017
- Saturday 3 June 2017
- Sunday 25 June 2017
To find out more take a look in our What's On section.
For information on volunteering with this project, just contact:
T: 01772 318 374