UK - Important fencing work to start at Pembrey Burrows
A MAJOR conservation project to revitalise sand dunes across Wales will kick start their summer work programme next week (w/c 22 June) by carrying out extensive fencing work at Pembrey Burrows.
Sands of LIFE, a project led by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), will restore over 2,400 hectares of sand dunes, across four Special Areas of Conservation, on 10 separate Welsh sites. The project will run until December 2022.
In total, Sands of LIFE have over 2km of chestnut fencing ready to be erected at Pembrey Burrows. This will help protect and control the cattle and ponies which perform the crucial task of grazing the dune grassland. This helps keep the sand dunes open, creating perfect conditions for specialist dune plants and other wildlife to thrive.
Over the last 80 years, open sand has disappeared from Wales’ dunes being replaced by dense grass and scrub. The dunes have become stable and fixed, and rare wildlife has disappeared. This change has been caused by factors such as the introduction of non-native plants, lack of traditional grazing, a declining rabbit population and air pollution.