Gems in the Dunes is a project led by ARC on the Sefton Coast, between Liverpool and Southport. Gems in the Dunes is part of a wider programme called “Back from the Brink”, run by a consortium of seven wildlife charities and Natural England, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aims of Gems in the Dunes are to drive improvements in status for sand dune species, and to engage local communities in their conservation. We are focusing on the natterjack toad, sand lizard, northern dune tiger beetle, petalwort, matted bryum and sea bryum The project will help partners by providing a common framework for species recovery, setting targets for habitat management, training volunteers, and providing opportunities for local communities to learn about and assist with conserving our target species. In 2016 we are running the development phase, producing a detailed plan based on stakeholder consultation. This will be submitted in the autumn, with the aim of securing funds for the four year delivery phase.

We are delighted to be working with a range of project partners, including Natural England, Sefton Council, North Merseyside Amphibian and Reptile Group, Buglife and Plantlife. We are grateful to Sefton Council for hosting our project.

For more information, please contact our Gems in the Dunes Development Officer, Rosemary Sigger (