World Sand Dune Day on Monday

by Rose Barrett

World Sand Dune Day is coming up on June 25, and to celebrate it, Clean Coasts are talking all things Sand Dune! 

Clean Coasts will be hosting a number of events to highlight the important role dunes play along the Irish Coastline and on social media and will be promoting national campaigns such as #ProtectOurDunes, writes Rose Barrett.   

On Wednesday (June 29), Clean Coasts are teaming up with Portmarnock Community Association to host an educational guided walk of the Portmarnock Sand Dunes system. Portmarnock Community Association guides will be discussing the work they have undertaken to protect this wonderful habitat and the species that make this site an important sand dune system.

The event takes place from 7- 8pm, meeting at the beach car park (beside Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links).

Sand dunes 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. Normal activities such as walking among the dunes can erode this grass so it’s vital the public are made aware of steps to protect this fragile habitat.

The event is free to all, and co-hosted by Portmarnock Community Association, To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/clean-coasts-8520359924?fbclid=IwAR3g4PmmPljWvKwv3xusIEETrDF-aCg0YDzCfvz06b6Kt8yEXAVogJc8XAc To find out more about Coastal Sand Dunes, go to World Sand Dune Day webpage  cleancoasts.org/our-initiatives/world-sand-dune-day/  

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