Cornwall's sand dunes

Sand dunes provide a fascinating introduction to wildlife, coastal processes and cultural interactions. They can be a valuable educational resource for all ages with a huge diversity of plant species and animals. Sand dunes demonstrate the effects of a variety of past and present land uses and are often rich in history.

Sand dune guideline

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If you decide to visit a sand dune system whilst visiting a beach please remember to follow the sand dune guideline:

  • Some sensitive or recovering areas of sand dune are fenced off. Please do not climb the fences to access these areas.
  • Please avoid straying from footpaths as you may damage plants and disturb wildlife.
  • Please do not use any vehicles (bikes, motorbikes or 4x4's) in the dunes. Please only cross them on foot.
  • Please do not camp in the dunes and start bonfires in them. These activities can damage the dunes.
  • Be a responsible dog owner and clean up after it. Dog mess can provide too many nutrients in the sand leading to the spread of unwanted plants.
  • When visiting a dune or beach please take you litter away with you and leave only footprints.  
  • Please use the links in the menu to find interesting information about sand dunes.