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Outdoor Learning in the East

 

The Eastern Region is full of surprises from picturesque countryside with luscious meadows and ancient woodlands, to coastline with sandy expansive beaches that go on and on, with one of the darkest night sky in the country. From the latest in man-made white water rafting Olympic course, dinghy race on Grafham Water to navigating the maritime waterways there is always a challenge! The region is home to a wide array of providers including, commercial residential centres, adventure challenge courses, educational establishments delivering bespoke outdoor courses, voluntary organisations, clubs and individual practitioners who deliver a diverse range of high quality outdoor learning opportunities'.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

East Regional Events

East Regional News

Threatened sand dunes set for a dynamic future with £4m new funding

Threatened sand dunes set for a dynamic future with £4m new funding

Sand dune habitats have declined by a third since 1900, putting endangered species at risk

£4m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for a pioneering project led by Natural England in partnership with the National Trust, Plantlife, The Wildlife Trusts and Natural Resources Wales

Citizen scientists and communities will make the difference to help England and Wales’ most important dunescapes get moving and thriving again

A radical new approach to managing sand dunes that aims to reverse over 100 years of decline has been given £4m funding from the National Lottery. 

Sand dunes - the backdrop of many summer holidays - are being smothered by invasive plants, destroying the habitats of some of our most endangered species.

Now, a pioneering partnership - Dynamic Dunescapes - backed by £4m from the National Lottery is stepping in to save them by working with people to bring life back to the dunes and get them thriving again – reversing a decades old approach to dune management.

Sand dunes are listed as the habitat most at risk in Europe. Since 1900, the UK’s sand dunes have declined by a third, climbing to nearly two-thirds in Wales. They provide sanctuary for endangered plants and animals with seventy priority species largely restricted to dune habitats including the natterjack toad, dune gentian and sand lizard.

The project will concentrate on improving the condition of nine identified dune cluster sites at:

  • Anglesey and Gwynedd
  • Braunton Burrows, North Devon Coast
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Cumbrian Coast
  • Lincolnshire Sand Hills
  • North Cornwall Coast
  • Sefton Coast
  • Studland Dunes, Dorset
  • Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot
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East Committee

Chair - Dan Playford - Email Dan

Treasurer -  Lawrence Chapman

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