The Fylde sand dunes •
Covering around 80 hectares between Starr Gate in the North and Lytham in the South. However, over the past 150 years, over 80% of the sand dunes have been lost, mainly due to the expansion of Blackpool and St. Annes.
The range of conditions in a sand dune habitat supports a surprising rich variety of plants and wildlife that are well suited to their environment. Many of these species are incapable of surviving in any other habitat and due to their scarcity have national or international significance. •
There are over 280 plant species recorded on the Fylde sand dunes including several internationally rare plants such as the Isle of Man Cabbage and Dune Helleborine. •
There are over 150 different species of butterflies and moths recorded and the area is also home to several breeding birds including stonechats, skylarks and reed buntings. Due to its ecological importance a large area of the dunes has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as being designated Lancashire’s first local nature reserve in 1968. •
The dunes also provide an important recreational resource for the community who come to enjoy the dunes through activities such as picnics, dog walking, bird watching, walking and horse riding.