Sand Dunes

Events and History

Upcoming Events and History

The Sand Dune and Shingle Network was established in 2006. Below is a record of events of relavance to the Network as well as upcoming conferences.  


Forthcoming events

Management of coastal dunes and sandy beaches LIFE+ FLANDRE International workshop, 12-14 June 2018

International workshop organized by the Agency of Nature and Forests of the Flemish authority with the cooperation of the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale

Venue: ULCO Dunkerque: 189 B avenue Maurice Schumann, bâtiment des Darses at 59140 Dunkerque.


  • Networking among coastal LIFE projects
  • Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process – Coastal dunes roadmap
  • Climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition vs coastal dune dynamics and biodiversity
  • Sea level rise, coastal squeeze: need of synergies between coastal defense and nature development
  • Restoring ecological connectivity between dune sites along urbanized coasts
  • Nature management planning and scientific monitoring in coastal dunes and sandy beaches
  • Ecosystem services of coastal dunes and sandy beaches


Littoral 2017 - Liverpool, 5-7 September 2017

Organised by Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC), Liverpool Hope University and the Sand Dune and Shingle Network

Venue - Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK

The theme of the conference is  'change, naturalness and people'. The conference will seek to examine how humans and human processes influence the littoral, and how these influences may now be viewed as natural, as much as any other natural processes.

The theme will gather all disciplines to explore current issues of relevance to the coast and will be of interest to a wide spectrum of scientists , including those from the physical sciences, climate change scientists and ecologists, social scientists, engineers, policy makers and advisers and practitioners. 

The programme is available here - it has a substantial 'sand dune' content.


Previous events

Workshop in the dunes of Santander, April 25-26 2017

The EUCC Atlantic Center and the team of ARCOSLIFE Arenales Costeros project organised a field workshop in the Cantabrian dunes. Two dune systems, the dunes of Liencres and Somo, near Santander were visited to look at the issues of recreation pressure and dune restoration. More information on the project website at


Second Atlantic Natura 2000 Seminar

25 - 27 October 2016, Ireland

The second Atlantic Biogeographic Seminar hosted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service provided an important opportunity for participants to improve and strengthen the implementation of Natura 2000 and ensure progress towards the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets. The Seminar was a milestone in a continuing process of networking, information sharing and knowledge building. Conclusions of the LIFE Platform on coastal dunes were presented and a workshop helped to refine the roadmap for knowledge exchange.  Information is available at

Littoral 2016 The changing littoral: anticipation and adaptation to climate change 25-27 October 2016, Biarritz.

The topics concerned shoreline mobility, storm effects, sea-land interactions, and biodiversity response in a context of climate change and increasing human pressure in coastal areas. The necessary adaptation and anticipation of coastal management to global change and the way to manage coastal risks were central to the conference. A thematic session and workshop was held on dune geomorphology, biodiversity and management in relationship with climate change coordinated byMarie-Hélène Ruz of the University of Littoral-Opal Coast. The report of the conference is available at


LIFE Platform meeting on the restoration of coastal and inland dunes

As part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process a LIFE platform was held in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, from 15 to 17 June 2016 to discuss ways to improve the favourable conservation status of coastal and inland dunes. Workshop groups considered specific management issues and the scope for increased cooperative solutions in relation to, for example, mosaic management in dune landscapes, treatment and advance warning requirements for invasive alien species, the impacts of climate change, the role of key species and the value in seeking to update best practice guidance. The event was hosted by PWN and Waternet, the Netherlands, supported by the European Commission, and co-organized by NEEMO and ECNC as part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. The report of the meeting is available on this link.


Dynamic Dunes 2015: Daring solution for Natura 2000 challenges

The international congress on rejuvenation of dynamic dunes and restoration of the dune habitats was organized within the framework of LIFE projects Dutch Dune Revival (LIFE 09 NAT/NL/418) and Amsterdam Dunes, Source for Nature (LIFE 11 NAT/NL/776).  All presentations are available at The conference report is available from this link.


LIFE+ Nature Project: Zeno, the ZTAR of the Zwin

Dunes and Estuaries 2015: Restoration of Tidal and Estuary Areas - 16-18 September 2015, Bruges, Belgium

This is an international conference was the closing event for the LIFE+ ZTAR project in the Zwin tidal area.  Topics included ecosystem services in coastal and estuary areas, adaptation to climate change  through strategic retreat and removal of embankments, and nature development and nature conservation in estuary areas. The presentations at the event are available on the ZTAR website.


CIEEM Scottish Section Committee Best Practice event

Golf and the environment, 18th April, Castle Stuart Gold Links, Near Inverness

The CIEEM Scottish Section Committee invites you to an event aimed at providing insight regarding an example of a golf course development that was creatively designed and constructed to succeed in delivering a world-class links golf course that also enhances local biodiversity. 

CIEEM Scottish Section Committee Best Practice event information


Coastal dunes EUCC workshop and conference

17th-19th June 2014, Merlimont (nord du Calais), France

At the occasion of 20th anniversary of EUCC France and 25th anniversary of Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC), both associations organize a field workshop and an international symposium dedicated to Integrated Management of Coastal Dunes. They are aimed not only to dunes scientists, experts and managers from all over Europe but also to policy makers, civil society representatives and nature protection association in order to exchange know-how and experiences on coastal dunes. More Information can be found here. The organization is supported by the Office National des Forêts (ONF), the City-Council of Merlimont, the Conservatoire du Littoral, EDEN 62''


Littoral 2014. Facing Present and Future Coast Challenges, 22nd-26th September 2014

Klaipeda, Lithuania, Aula Magna of Klaipeda University

With increasing anthropogenic pressure and ongoing global and regional change, understanding coastal and marine processes and interaction between both as well as adapting governance and management to present and future challenges is crucial. In coastal zones, a large number of users and functions come together. Integrated management approaches need to be further developed to combine functions, users and decision levels in a sustainable way. Littoral 2014 conference will address a broad thematic spectrum.

12th coastal conference Littoral 2014 is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the EUCC Baltic States Office. The participants will get an opportunity to share the results and ideas from their activities in coastal research, conservation and management, and experience the impressive diversity of the southeast Baltic Sea coast.

Littoral 2014 will address a wide range of coastal research, conservation and management issues and focus on networking of coastal researchers and practitioners from all over Europe.

More information can be found on the Baltic Lagoons website.


Coastal Cliffs and Lake Symposium 2013

16th - 19th September 2013, Llandudno, Wales

The Coastal Cliffs and Lake Bluffs symposium was organised by the Sand Dune and Shingle Network based in the Sciences and Social Sciences Faculty, Geography Department at Liverpool Hope University, in partnership with EUCC - UK. For more information please visit our website or email


Second Sand Dune Hyrdo-Ecology Meeting

9th-11th September 2013, Swansea, South Wales

The second meeting of the Sand Dune Hydro-Ecology Group took place in South Wales between the 9th and 11th of September 2013. The meeting was organised by Charlie Stratford of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Debbie Allen from the British Geological Survey (BGS), and was supported by Liverpool Hope University, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. A total of 44 delegates attended the meeting representing England, Wales, Scotland, The Netherlands and Sweden. The delegates had a broad spectrum of interests in sand dunes including policy makers, site managers, specialist consultants and academic researchers. The three days of the meeting were a mixture of presentations, interactive sessions and field visits. This report provides a high level summary of each day. PDF versions of all presentations are also available. These Presentations can be found here. Furthermore, information on sand dune hydology can be found at


Conserving Scottish Machair LIFE+ Conference

29th August 2013, South Uist

The Conserving Scottish Machair LIFE+ project held  a one-day symposium to review the work of the four year  EU-funded project and to discuss future policy for machair  conservation and biodiversity. The symposium was held on South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland, on Thursday  29 August. On Friday 30th August there were field trips  followed by a ceilidh and on thhe Saturday 31 August there was be a ‘Mad Machair Tea Party’ for crofter friends and  families.

For information on the project visit


2012 Dune Scrub and Woodland Conference

12th - 13th September 2012, Liverpool, UK

A two-day international conference and excursion exploring the themes of dune scrub and woodland habitats. The conference follows our aim of linking science and management by bringing together academics and practitioners to share knowledge on various topics. We have support for the conference from statutory nature conservation bodies as well as official conference partners. Proceedings to come. 


Dune Conservation Management in Northern Ireland 

21st-22nd October, 2010 Portstewart Strand & Magilligan, NI

The workshop was organised by the Sand Dune & Shingle Network in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Over thirty people attended, 

mostly from Northern Ireland but including representatives from  all the other ‘home countries’ and from The Netherlands, USA and Spain. It was used as a

training event for NIEA staff and therefore show-cased what the Network is really good at –networking and ‘transfer of knowledge’. NI work shop report


Sand Dune Hydrology Workshop 

10th-11th March 2010, Southport, UK

The workshop was organised by Charlie Stratford of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and attracted about 30 participants from theUK,Belgiumand theNetherlands. Participants included scientists, academics, consultants, site managers, local authorities and statutory agencies. More information can be found here


The Conservation and Management of Sea Buckthorn in the UK

17th-18th September 2009, Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes and Gibraltar Point SAC, UK

Organised by the Sand Dune and Shingle Network on behalf of Natural England. Report prepared by Paul Rooney, John Houston and Graham Weaver. 

Based on the presentations and discussions at the Sea Buckthorn Workshop held at Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes andGibraltarPointSACinEastern Englandon 17-18 September 2009 and including additional information. The contribution of all workshop participants is acknowledged. Particular thanks are given to the site hosts, Simon Cooter of Natural England and Kev Wilson of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the staff of the Gibraltar Point Field Studies Centre.


Coastal dune management at selected sites in the Netherlands: Study tour of the Netherlands

9th-13th February, 2009, Various, Netherlands

The aim of the study tour was to visit a number of sites in the Netherlands to discuss a range of management activity with a focus on recent large-scale dune restoration projects. Organised by Liverpool Hope University and the University of Amsterdam.

The programme included five days in the field supported by presentations and discussions. The report is available on our publications page. 


The Conservation and Management of Vegetated Coastal Shingle in England

 18th September 2008, North Norfolk, UK

A one day workshop and field meeting at Cley -Salthouse on Friday 18 September with optional visit to Blakeney Point NNR on morning of Friday 19 September and other sites on North Norfolk Coast in afternoon.

Organised by the UK Sand Dune and Shingle Network for Natural England, with the support of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.