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Respect and protect the Norfolk's sand dunes

Respect and protect the Norfolk's sand dunes

Published by Grace Mcgachy
1:52pm 3rd September 2019. (Updated at 2:47pm 3rd September 2019)

We need to respect and protect them in Norfolk. 

The County Council has launched a campaign to keep our sand dunes safe. 

They play a vital role in protecting people from floods by creating natural barriers to storms, as well as being home to a wide range of plants and animals. 


Norfolk County Council is working with international partners, carrying out trials at four sites along the North Norfolk Coast using cutting edge science and tech.

The project also involves local businesses and councils, with guided walks and information stands to help educate visitors to the areas. 

The campaign is asking people to remember just a few key things:

  • Keep dogs on leads of 2 metres or less, and to follow signed paths
  • Respect nesting birds and other local wildlife like seals
  • Don't have barbeques in the dunes

Councillor Andy Grant, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: 

"With more than 8 million people visiting the North Norfolk coast alone last year, it's more important than ever we help protect our sand dunes.

Many may not know that most of our sand dunes in Norfolk are National Nature Reserves and part of a wider network of areas that are environmentally protected.

I'd urge everyone to watch our video and help us Respect and Protect these vital natural defences."

sand dune

Councillor Andrew Jamieson, Member Champion for Walking and Cycling, said: 

"As member for the North Coast I am particularly pleased to see all the important work being dedicated to this project.

Campaigns like this help give our many visitors to the coast an understanding of how and why we need to keep our fragile environment secure for the long term."

brancaster beach


The trials are running in Holme, Brancaster, Holkham and Horsey/Winterton.

Guided dune walks have been run to explain the history of the areas and the process dunes go through as they form, along with stands explaining the natural ecology working with Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service. 


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