BEACH AND DUNE NETWORK
Welcome to the Beach and Dune Network
Why a coastal dune network?
Coastal dunes are one of the most threatened habitats in Europe. They offer habitats for various, often specialised animals and plants; and the unique landscape constitute an important service for human well-being. Human pressure, landscape use and the nature values result in conflicts of interests.
Aims of the Coastal network, to
We set out to achieve this by
Who is involved?
The Network includes, amongst others, site managers, national policy makers, students, researchers, ecologists, geomorphologists, hydrologists, foresters, coastal engineers, tourism managers.... . Events always involve a cross-section of interests to bridge the gap between disciplines and to encourage lively debate.
There are a number of national and regional dune networks already formed in several countries, e.g.
Join the Network
To join the network, please fill out the application form and send it to us. Your data from the application will be entered in an internal, non-public accessible database. This allows us to connect interdisciplinary members if the need should arise. We welcome members from outside the Federal Republic of Germany, as one of the goals of our network is to promote cooperation in Germany, Europe, and worldwide. If you are interested in European or international cooperation, you can get in touch with the European Dune Network.
Do you have hints or ideas for improving our network or holding events, or do you know people who could support the Beach and Dune Network? If so, please send us an email at dunes-d (at) eucc-d.de.
RESEARCH, MANAGEMENT, CONSERVATION, EDUCATION...
New publication: LIFE and coastal habitats-2017-
'This LIFE Nature publication highlights the issues threatening Europe’s coastal habitats and how the LIFE programme has addressed them.
Coastal regions generate 40% of our GDP, but development must be sustainable and must recognise the natural value of our varied coastlines. Only 13% of coastal species are in a 'favourable' conservation status, while 73% of coastal habitats are assessed as being 'bad' or 'inadequate'.
It is in the interests of all business sectors, from tourism to shipping and fisheries, to safeguard and improve the health of our coastal ecosystems. Adopting an ecosystem approach to their management fosters, rather than hinders, growth and jobs.
The publication, LIFE and coastal habitats, outlines the scope of innovative and best practices measures carried out by LIFE projects to improve the status of Europe’s coastal habitats and management of Natura 2000 network sites – from dune habitat conservation in the Baltic to coastal lagoon protection in the Black Sea. It features sections on all the different types of habitats targeted by the programme and concludes with a focus on the cross-cutting management issues facing coastal regions.' (LIFE News Juni 2017)
download pdf: LIFE and coastal habitats
Alien Species in Dunes and Dune Slacks-2017-
Publications dealing with coastal dunes and invasive species-2017-
In the web of science since 1987 publications dealing with coastal dunes and invasive species are noticed. Since about 2000, the number of publications studied IAS in coastal dunes increased.
Publications dealing with invasive plant species in dunes along the coasts of Europe (web of science, google scholar, 2017) consider various aspects, which can be summed-up to mapping and monitoring, species traits, environmental conditions, invasion success and management.
Aronia prunifolia on Wangerooge in an acid dune heathland.
Mangagement von Vaccinium macrocarpon auf Sylt, 2017
In dune slacks of Hörnum on the island of Sylt Vaccinium macrocarpon removal is organised since 2015 by the Schutzstation Wattenmeer.
Occurrence of Crassula helmsii on the Eastfrisian Islands: 2003 Norderney, 2017 Wangerooge
First record of Crassula helmsii was 2003 on Norderney. Since than, the species has increased its distribution. It occurs mainly in still waters, e.g. in lifestock watering places and man-made waters developed by soil removal. In the water and along the shore the species builds dense carpets and outcompetes all other plant species. Nowadays, Crassula already occurs in dune slacks, valuable under nature conservation aspects. Here it occurs on open, wet sands. First management actions have started during the last years.
More Information (German)
Factsheet on Neobiota.de (German)
Markus Prinz studied during his master thesis 2016 at the University Oldenburg habitat requirements and dispersal possibilities of Crassula helmsii, and considered sediments, hydro-chemical parameters, and modelled habitat conditions.
Non-native Species in the Dutch Wadden Sea Region
Van der Have, T.M., Van den Boogaard, B., Lensink, R,Poszig, D.,Philippart, C.J.M. (2015):Alien species in the Dutch Wadden Sea: policies and management. Common Wadden Sea Secretariat. Report 15-126. pdf
A similar report for the entire Wadden Sea Area is recently in work on behalf of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat.
TMAP-Parameter Group: Beaches and Dunes
Invasive and potential invasive non-native species are shortly considered in the recent TMAP-Quality Status Report “Beaches and Dunes”, which will be available in spring. Furthermore, some invasive species of the neighbouring regions are mentioned.
NEOBIOTA.de Non-native and invasive species in Germany
Extensive information dealing with non-native and invasive species in Germany are offered by the Bundesamt für Naturschutz, the Governmental Agency for Nature Conservation, e.g. species information sheets, management methods as well as the EU list are available…
Portugal: Project LIFE Biodiscoveries (LIFE 13 BIO/PT/000386)
Project LIFE Biodiscoveries has the goal of promoting public participation in the control and eradication of invasive species at the Local Natural Reserve of Mata da Machada and Sapal do Rio Coina. Through public participation, we aim to encourage the control of these species, creating long-lasting bonds between the volunteers and the protected area, which is a welcoming help to our natural ecosystem and its great biodiversity. In the Machada Woods there is a strong presence of 6 species of acacia (Acacia sp), as well as ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis), which can also be found in Coina Marshes, causing a threat to the equilibrium of these habitats. The Project is receptive in receiving also international volunteers and international students as well that are willing to do an intership related to the invasive species.
To obtain more information, check their website: www.lifebiodiscoveries.pt
Do you have any suggestions ???
GEO-Nature Day on the island Norderney-2018-
This event will be in 2018 on the island of Norderney.
Natterjack Toads on the island of Sylt- 2016 -
Natterjack Toads are threatened on the island of Sylt and their population declines. Possible reasons are the low dynamic of the dunes; the dominance of old fixed dunes which is related to a decline of open and wet sandy stand. on the island of Sylt, on the entire island management measure will be done, supporting in the short as well as in the long term the environmental conditions to maintain the Natterjack population.
Extensive information (in German)
Dynamic Dunes -2016-
CAROLINENSIEL, North Sea
Location: Friedrichsgroden 16, 26409 Carolinensiel
Landscape: North Sea, salt marshes
Facilities: 5 shared-rooms (4-5 persons), 2 double-rooms, kitchen self-catering, seminar room, 2 labs (dry and wet with sea water access) and standard lab equipment, separate room with microscopes/binoculars, yearlong available
Contact: Dr. Hans-Ulrich Steeger, steeger (at) uni-muenster.de, phone: +49-251-8323868, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Institut für Zoophysiologie, Hindenburgplatz 55, 48143 Münster
SPIEKEROOG, North Sea
Location: Hellerpad 2, 26474 Spiekeroog
Landscape: large dune areas with primary dunes, heathlands and dry grasslands without rabbits, more or less no wet slacks, salt marshes grazed and non-grazed
Facilities: 2 shared rooms (4-5 persons), 1 double room, kitchen self-catering, meeting room, lab, equipment particularly for mud and water studies, microscopes and binoculars
Contact: Homepage in German, thus contact them directly: forschung (at) wittbuelten.de
HELGOLAND, North Sea
Location: Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, 27483 Helgoland
Landscape: Northsea, cliff coast with impressing bird breeding area, marine algae and kelp, dune areas and dry grasslands
Facilities: 23 double rooms, 53 single rooms, kitchens for self-catering or catering via youth hostel, seminar room, lab, comprehensive lab equipment including seawater access, microscopes, phase contrast microscopes, binoculars, yearlong available
Contact: Dr. Markus Molis, markus.molis (AT) awi.de, phone +49-4725-819-3239, Dr. Nicole Aberle-Malzahn, phone 0049-4725-819-3236, Stiftung Alfred-Wegener-Institut
ZINGST, Baltic Sea
Location: Mühlenstraße 27, 18374 Ostseeheilbad Zingst
Landscape: Baltic Sea Coast, Inland Coast with salt marshes, meadows and reed beds of the Darß Zingster Bodden, bird protection areas Kirr and Werder islands, large dune areas of the Darßer Ort, old dune forests Darßer Wald.
Facilities: 3 shared rooms (a 5 persons), 2 single rooms, kitchen self-catering, seminar room, boat, 3 labs, water and plankton analysing equipment, microscopes, yearlong available
Contact: PD Dr. Rhena Schumann, rhena.schumann (at) uni-rostock.de, Universität Rostock/Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät/Institut für Biowissenschaften/Angewandte Ökologie & Phykologie
HIDDENSEE, Baltic Sea
Location: Biologenweg 15, 18565 Kloster / Hiddensee
Landscape: Baltic Sea Coast, Inland Coast Bodden, salt marshes, reed beds, dunes with dry grasslands and heathlands, cliff coast
Facilities: 14 double rooms, 3 single rooms, kitchen self-catering, seminar room, 1 lab, some soil and microclimate measuring instruments, microscopes and binoculars, yearlong available
Contact: PD Dr. Irmgard Blindow, blindi (AT) uni-greifswald.de, Gerlinde Zenke, phone +49-38300-50251, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
Mainly listed are publications with study areas along the German coast.
Costabel, S, Siemon, B, Houben, G & Günther, T (2017). Geophysical investigation of a freshwater lens on the island of Langeoog, Germany - Insights from combined HEM, TEM and MRS data. Journal of Applied Geophysics 135, 231-245.
Blindow, I, Gauger, D & Ahlhaus, MJ (2017). Management regimes in a coastal heathland –effects on vegetation, nutrient balance, biodiversity and gain of bioenergy. Coast. Conserv. doi:10.1007/s11852-017-0499-3
Müller, W (2017). Das einzigartige Wattenmeer und seine Gezeiten. In: Lebenswelt Meer. Springer, Berlin. S. 45-102.
24.-25.04.2018: Workshop/Atelier de Terrain. Pays de Mont (Vendée, France), Communauté de Communes Océan Marais de Monts, Office National des Forêts, EUCC, ARCOS
Si la gestion des systèmes dunaires atlantiques face aux risques naturels vous intéresse, si la sensibilisation des publics à l’intérêt et à la richesse des dunes vous préoccupe, si vous souhaitez partager votre expérience, échanger vos points de vue avec les experts et les gestionnaires qui animeront cet atelier et visiter les magnifiques dunes des Pays de Monts, réservez ces dates sur vos agendas. Cette rencontre constitue l’atelier-retour de l’atelier des 25 et 26 avril 2017, dans les dunes de Cantabrie, organisé par EUCC en coopération avec l’équipe du projet ARCOS Life Arenales Costeros et Ecolgia Litoral.
12.-14.06.2018: Workshop. Coastal dunes and sandy beaches, Dunkerque, F, LIFE+Flandre
International workshop about the management of coastal dunes and sandy beaches that will take place at the Université du Littoral Côte d’ Opale of Dunkirk (France) in the frame of the LIFE+ Nature project “FLANDRE”.
22.-26.10.2018: Konferenz. LITTORAL2018, Leeuwarden, NL. EUCC.
Maike Isermann, mail: dunes-d (at) eucc-d.de phone: +49-421-218-62916