Aims of the Network

The aim of the Sand Dune and Shingle Network is to conserve sand dunes and shingle as dynamic landscapes.

We set out to achieve this by: 

  • enthusing and encouraging people to value and understand the habitats more thoroughly
  • championing the habitats
  • facilitating an exchange of knowledge and support actions that are good for the habitats
  • making the Network an active community of participants and a recognised source of expertise and authority at a global level

We wish to build on the results of networking, highlight projects and publications and develop opportunities for conferences, study tours, workshops and cooperation.  The Network also operates as part of a developing European network and works closely with the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC).

The Sand Dune and Shingle Network is based within the Geography and Environmental Sciences Department at Liverpool Hope University. 

Who is involved?

The Network currently includes, amongst others, many of the following groups: site managers, national policy makers, students and researchers, biodiversity officers, ecologists, geomorphologists and hydrologists. We are currently expanding our membership profile to include coastal engineers, golf course managers, tourism interests, forestry interests, military sites, landscape historians etc. Our events will always involve a cross-section of interests to encourage lively debate.

The Network operates by sharing information across different sectors and disciplines. The common interest is the natural resource and a desire to find sustainable solutions to conservation issues. We encourage members to be active and to participate in discussions and field meetings but we also welcome passive members interested mainly in the newsletter and on-line resources.

We have over 290 full members and distribute the newsletter to about 540 contacts in the UK and worldwide.