European funding has been secured for a new project to preserve sand dunes in the North West.
Around £4 million will be spent on restoring and conserving ten sites across Wales, including the dunes between Abermenai and Aberffraw, Morfa Dyffryn and Morfa Harlech.
Natural Resources Wales say sand dunes are among the richest habitats to spot wildlife, but they’re also most at risk throughout Europe – with many of the rarest species declining and disappearing as the dunes become more stable. Some have also suffered from being smothered by thick vegetation.
A pilot scheme to re-mobilise the dunes at Newborough Warren – one of three trials across the country – has already brought good results with the return of such species as the critically endangered fen orchid.
The chief executive of NRW, Clare Pillman, said the European grants would help the Welsh Government deliver its nature recovery action plan: ”We’re really excited about this fantastic project to save our dunes and the rare species which live there. The work will also give more people the opportunity to learn about our fascinating wildlife.”
”Dunes are not only a backdrop to a day at the seaside – they are home to some of our rarest species and are in desperate need of help.”
The project will see NRW working with partners and landowners in such dunes as Kenfig, Merthyr Mawr and Carmarthen Bay.