Conserving rare biodiversity on a small remnant of the second largest dune system in Europe located in NE Scotland on the Findhorn Peninsula by removing invasive gorse and trees and opening up areas of bare sand to natural wind processes. Also educating the public on the importance of biodiversity

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    Situation

    The Findhorn dunes are a tiny remnant of what was once the second largest sand dune system in Europe. Many species found here – lichens, insects, and fungi – are found at only a handful of places in the UK. This special ecosystem is under imminent threat from rapidly advancing scrub vegetation. Urgent action is required to prevent biodiversity loss.

    Solution

    The Findhorn Hinterland are planning to take action to remove three hectares of encroaching scrub and reinvigorate the dune ecosystem through working with natural ecological wind driven processes. This will create new sand and shingle habitats that will benefit a large range of threatened sand dune species.

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  • Education/Training/Employment Education/​Training/​Employment
  • Environment/Conservation Environment/​Conservation
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    • General Public/Humankind General Public/​Humankind