Clean Coasts is hosting an educational guided walk of Lurgabrack, Hornhead, on Thursday to coincide with World Sand Dune Day.
It is one of a number of events being held around the country to highlight the important role dunes play along the Irish coastline.
On the 23rd June at 7pm, Clean Coasts is teaming up with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to host an educational guided walk of Lurgabrack, Hornhead, which is part of the Rinclevan SAC.
NPWS guides will be discussing the wonderful habitats and species that make this site a nationally important sand dune system. In addition, guides will also be highlighting the current management and monitoring projects that are taking place on site.
“Coastal sand dunes are an amazing piece of natural engineering,” a spokesperson for Clean Coasts stressed.
“They are ever-changing due to their make-up of sand and the elements they are exposed to along the coast. They play a huge role in coastal protection and for some coastal communities, they are the first line of defence against coastal flooding and high winds. These fragile landforms are also an important habitat for many animals and plants such as marram grass. When we walk or carry out other activities out in sand dunes, we erode this grass. This contributes to the breakdown of the dunes, degrades the habitat and impacts wildlife residing there.”
Clean Coasts has been involved in the protection and conservation of the Irish coastline for almost 20 years.
In that time, they have supported many coastal communities in their conservation endeavours through project facilitation of dune restoration works, hosting awareness raising events, developing educational resources and interpretive signage, creating campaigns such as ‘Enjoy and Protect’ and collaborating on national projects and campaigns such as #ProtectOurDunes.
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