UK - Shifting sands: Eve excited to start work on saving Cumbria’s precious dunescapes
Barrow born-and-bred ecologist will work with local communities to restore Cumbria’s sand dunes
Cumbria’s sand dunes, home to threatened species such as the rare natterjack toad, have a new local champion. Barrow born-and-bred Eve Mulholland has recently started work as People Engagement Officer for Dynamic Dunescapes, a three-year project to restore damaged and disappearing sand dunes across England and Wales for the benefit of wildlife, people and communities.
Eve, who is based at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s South Walney Nature Reserve near Barrow, says: “Growing up in Barrow, I’ve always been fascinated by the dunescapes and now I’m delighted to be part of a national effort to restore these special habitats. I can’t wait to start working with local people of all ages and get them excited about bringing these beautiful places back to life!”
She tells us why sand dunes need to be saved: “Dunes are really important habitats. They’re home to a wide variety of wildlife and are a sanctuary to rare species like the natterjack toad, which is only found in a handful of special places in the UK, with Sandscale Haws, Barrow home to one of the largest populations, as well as the very rare dune helleborine. Sadly though, dunes are one of the most threatened environments in Europe for biodiversity loss and they are damaged. The Dynamic Dunescapes partnership will enable us to work with key organisations and local people, to restore dunes on the west Cumbrian coast, and give greater protection to these important species.”