Sands of Time Title
This site provides detailed information on the sand dunes of the Sefton coast in North West England
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Coastal Change
A History
  Physical Forces
Growth & Erosion
Future Change
Managing Change
Primary Succession
Model of Succession
The Strand Line
Embryo Dunes
Mobile Dunes
Blow Outs
Semi-fixed Dunes
Fixed Dunes
Dune Slacks
Dune Heath
Vegetation/Soil Data
Studying Succession
Pine Plantations
Project Objectives
Project Partners
Project Funding
Related Links
Managing Coastal Change

Human intervention has constrained the natural development of the Sefton Coast for centuries. Allowing the coast to find a more natural line has benefits for shoreline management. Working with nature, as far as possible, is one of the principles of modern engineering attitudes to shoreline management.

Pine plantation at Ainsdale
Pine plantation at Ainsdale causing changes in the natural dynamics of the dunes. This results in the loss of dune habitat and associated species, and limits the ability of the coastal system to respond to environmental change. Photograph taken in 1993.

The Sefton Coast is included in two Shoreline Management Plans. These guide the preparation of local coastal policies in line with national and regional guidance in the United Kingdom.

For more information about this project email at Liverpool Hope University.
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Liverpool Hope University worked with English Nature and the
Sefton Coast Partnership to implement the Sands of Time project.