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). More on this work http://www.eucc.net/en/european_dune_network/index.htm 

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 269 full members and distribute the newsletter to about 500 contacts in the UK and worldwide.

Providune

Conservation and recovery of dune habitats in the sites of the Provinces of Cagliari, Matera and Caserta 

Project duration: 2008-2014

The project, funded by Community Fund LIFE + Nature and Biodiversity aims at protecting the priority habitat consisting of coastal dunes with Juniperus ssp., which is one of the most endangered habitats in the EU.
Taken together, the project sites account for a large portion of the total area of this habitat in Europe, where it can be found only in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, France and Greece.

The project comprises the following types of actions:

  • Preparatory: collection of botanical and sedimentary data (on coastal and dune erosion processes).
  • Conservation: actions to preserve the plants in dune habitats, bio-engineering schemes to protect the habitat, creation of pedestrian walkways and vehicle parking areas to regulate access etc.
  • Awareness-raising and dissemination of results: education and information targeting tourists, schools and all stakeholders.

At the end of the project, in 2013, a follow-up conservation plan will be implemented to ensure continuation of project activities in the years to come, and long-term maintenance of the sites.

- See more at: http://www.providune.it/en/public/il_progetto#sthash.cbCxVFe5.dpuf

Providune

Conservation and recovery of dune habitats in the sites of the Provinces of Cagliari, Matera and Caserta 

Project duration: 2008-2014

The project, funded by Community Fund LIFE + Nature and Biodiversity aims at protecting the priority habitat consisting of coastal dunes with Juniperus ssp., which is one of the most endangered habitats in the EU.
Taken together, the project sites account for a large portion of the total area of this habitat in Europe, where it can be found only in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, France and Greece.

The project comprises the following types of actions:

At the end of the project, in 2013, a follow-up conservation plan will be implemented to ensure continuation of project activities in the years to come, and long-term maintenance of the sites.

- See more at: http://www.providune.it/en/public/il_progetto#sthash.cbCxVFe5.dpuf