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Saving our dunes!

Published: 23/03/2017

Flintshire Countryside Service Rangers, along with an army of volunteers, have been Christmas tree planting on the dunes during the past month. In December, the team made an appeal to local residents to recycle their Christmas trees and contribute to the continued restoration of important sand dune habitat. Over 40 engineering students from Coleg Cambria worked with the Rangers and their volunteers over three days during March to put in 250 trees and over 100 metres of fencing. They repaired seven low spots in the frontal dunes on Talacre beach using the trees and fencing which will now trap sand and allow the dunes to build and vegetation re-establish. Tim Johnson, Talacre Partnership Ranger, said: “It was a really enjoyable project working with students who were happy to get stuck in and make a difference to the environment. They worked so hard that we even had time to do some extra jobs like repairing fencing for the natterjack toads found on site. “Having volunteers come out to help with conservation work makes a real difference and allows us to do jobs that may not be possible without them and we would urge any schools, colleges, community groups or businesses to get in touch if they would like an active part in protecting our environment.” Students with apprentice Ranger Dave Bryan and Ranger Tim Johnson