Plantwatch: Dunes – the battle to save the UK’s sandscapes

A huge conservation project is under way to protect these precious and threatened habitatsDunes are more than just piles of sand blocking the way to a beach. These are some of Britain’s most precious and threatened habitats, a sanctuary for rare plants and wildlife adapted to living in sand, such as fen orchids, natterjack toads and sand lizards.But sand dunes have declined by a third since 1900, under assault from aggressive invading plants such as sea buckthorn, and nitrogen pollution has enriched the poor nutrient soils, driving out native dune plants. The management of dunes has also been bungled by… Source – Full Article

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