Ellis and Liam Barrie have transformed the Marram Grass
Its stoss slope is strongly abraded by waves and covered with marram grass
with height ranging from about 40 to 60 cm.
The fixed hind dunes remained morphologically stable throughout the monitoring survey and any areas of bare sand were progressively colonized by marram grass
European marram grass
has been used to stabilize dunes, and has even been successfully introduced into the United States and Canada.
Liam (left) and Ellis Barrie from the Marram Grass
Cafe in Newborough, Anglesey Iain Watts/Caters News
As well as being an important habitat for wildlife, the sand dunes are vital as a natural sea defence - it is the deep root network of the marram grass
that stabilises the dunes allowing them to perform this essential function.
First stages of the work include a site clean-up and the planting of marram grass
to stabilise the sand dunes.
The area is a site of special scientific interest and it is the habitat for many ground nesting birds - particularly in the marram grass
around the dunes, which holds the dunes together.
THE MARRAM GRASS
White Lodge, Pen Lon, Newborough LL61 6RS.
was planted in the 18th century, to maintain the sand dunes
Pupils from Christ Church CofE primary school, in Bootle, visited the Formby sand dunes yesterday and added marram grass
in a bid to stabilise their movement.
Other activities will include a visit to the Watch Tower at Seaton Sluice and its display of information and memorabilia; an opportunity to learn how to make butterfly kites and Marram grass
planting with the Links Conservation Group.