Dunes of Barrow

Walney and Foulney Islands have rare and important coastal sand dune and shingle habitats - important, locally and nationally.  

Working with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Natural England, we are restoring and improving individual sites, and linking up areas of similar habitat across a much wider area.  For the first time the nature reserves on North and South Walney are being managed as a single unit. 

Starting in Autumn 2013 and running for 5 years, this WREN funded Scheme is restoring and looking after these lovely places. 

What are we doing?

The Dunes of Barrow project is a new and exciting project to enhance and restore the internationally important shingle and sand dune systems of Walney and Foulney Islands near Barrow. The project is lead by Morecambe Bay Partnership as part of the Headlands to Headspace Scheme, and delivered by Cumbria Wildlife Trust with funding from WREN. Over the next five years we will be reinvigorating the dunes, removing alien invasive plants and establishing more sustainible grazing regimes.

By the end of the project we will have restored large areas of currently degraded dunes to their former glory while in the process making better conditons for some of our most specialist species from breeding terns and ringed plovers, to rare plants and specialist invertebates like the Northern dune tiger beetle, restricted in England to the Irish Sea coast.

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