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Outdoor Learning in the South West

The South West has a varied terrain offering a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities. We have a coastline that provides a huge amount of activities from Coasteering to Offshore Yachting, moors which host some of the toughest events, Ten Tors and the steepest hills for cyclists riding from John o groats to Lands End. The residential and outdoor education sector is well established with a variety of colleges and Higher Education institutions offering a wide range of courses, and we still have Local Education Authority Centres. Employment in the outdoors is high, and we have a strong freelance opportunities, all in England's mildest climate!

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

South West Regional Events

South West 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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South West Committee

Chair  -  Andy Wright - Email Andy

Secretary - Izzy Cramp

Treasurer- Vacancy

Committee: Pat Dollard, Matt Micheson, Su Porter, Fiona Nicholls, David Glenny, Chris Little, Cathy Harshaw, Julian Pierce, Debbie Sandels, Orlando Rutter, Chris Bourne

 

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