Managing sand dunes in Cornwall
Contact detailsOrganisation: Cornwall Council
Website: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=13686 and http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=13690
A range of management techniques are in use, including fencing and stabilisation, footpath diversion, use of boardwalks and trample-resistant surfacing. It is also considered desirable to increase the area of mobile dunes - grazing is one aspect of management which could achieve this. However, it is difficult to introduce livestock grazing on some sites due to the potential conflicts with recreational activities, such as dog walking, or the sheer numbers of cars and visitors. In these cases, mechanical scrub control is adopted. Bramble and coarse vegetation is cut with machinery and the cuttings collected and removed from the site. However, this can be costly and is not as effective as grazing.
If the rabbit population decreased due to disease, grazing may need to be introduced to many more sites to prevent scrub encroachment and maintain plant diversity.
Further details is avaible on the CCC page on The management of Cornish sand dunes.