Shingle on the Cusp
Vegetated shingle is an incredible habitat which tells the story of how nature battles the elements to create fantastic diversity in the harshest of settings. From yellow horned poppies to Sussex emerald moths, it is home to a range of highly specialised and in many cases extremely rare plants and animals some of which are found on Dungeness and nowhere else in the world! The key threat to this habitat is disturbance. Simply walking across the stones can disturb the fragile root systems of plants or nesting burrows of invertebrates. So things such as visitor pressure, machinery movements, military exercises during WWII and since, gravel extraction and beach replenishment activities all have significant impacts on this rare and valuable habitat. To combat these pressures the project is focussing in three separate areas; Firstly, trial vegetation restoration plots, secondly, invasive species control and finally education.
Shingle on the Cusp contributes to Restore project theme.
There are currently no volunteering opportunities within this project.
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It is planned to create a number of short films about Romney Marsh during the life of the scheme and this will include recording the progress of the projects. Go to the film footage page to get details of the films we have produced so far.
This is a one stop shop for all you’ll ever want to know about living with or visiting shingle and dune habitats for locals and for visitors. The resource provides practical advice on issues affecting your area. Click here for more information.
What you plant in your garden can have a lasting effect on the landscape around you. The Gardening by the sea leaflet provides some handy hints on how to get the best out of your garden whilst helping nature to thrive. Follow the Gardening by the sea link to view the leaflet.
To find out more including how to get involved contact the project team.