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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 33.2 November 2021

Rejuvenating Welsh Dunes: eight years of experimentation

By - Sam Bosanquet, Mike Howe, Emmer Litt, Julie Creer, Julian Woodman, Karen Wilkinson, Daniel Guest, John Ratcliffe

A previous article in British Wildlife (Howe et al. 2012) presented plans to restore dynamism to Welsh dune systems. Here we receive an update and account of the lessons learnt from eight years of trials.

With hot dry sand, waterlogged ‘slacks’, nutrient-poor soil and salt-laden winds, dunes present challenges that can be met only by plants and animals adapted to extreme conditions. Plants such as Marram Grass Ammophila arenaria have waxy inward-rolled leaves to survive the desert-like conditions, while others, such as Early Sand-grass Mibora minima, flower and set seed during a compact growing season early in spring, when moisture levels are higher.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist