Gems in the Dunes is focussed on improving the habitat for specialist sand dune species including natterjack toads, sand lizards and northern dune tiger beetles.
Need to know
Gems in the Dunes is an exciting new project led by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation under the wider HLF-funded ‘Back from the Brink’ partnership programme.
We work with volunteers to undertake habitat management works including creating natterjack breeding pools which are also home to the rare plants and mosses. Works will also include removing scrub and vegetation to create bare sand patches that are essential for the sand lizards to bask and lay their eggs in, and to allow northern dune tiger beetles to hunt and burrow.
Volunteers carry out a wide variety of tasks including species monitoring and recording work. Volunteer activities are extremely varied and range from night-time natterjack toad counts, to day-time petalwort spotting and sand lizard surveys.