Camber Dunes

The long sandy beach of Camber Sands is bordered on the landward side by picturesque sand dunes.  The dunes are covered with marram grass that has a deep root system to hold the grass in place.  Traditional chestnut fences help sand build up and check coastal erosion.

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16 responses to “Camber Dunes

  1. Awesome set of sand dune images 🙂

  2. Beautiful series. After the sand and grasses, I see a burly-chested Gulliver;)

  3. Gigi Galore

    These colours are gorgeous! I wonder how long it has been since the grasses here were green? I just love grasses! You have captured their quintessential-ness:)

  4. What are these chestnut fences you speak about?

    • If you click on the fourth image to enlarge the picture you will see sections of fence – wooden uprights joined with wire but with spaces of about 10cms between them. The wooden uprights are made from wood taken from the beech chestnut tree. The stretches of fencing are placed strategically to control the accumulation of sand.

  5. I was struck by the word traditional.
    This is the first time I have come across the idea of using a fence to control erosion.
    How are the fences laid out?I mean with respect to the direction of the wind.
    How far are they from the tide line?And how deep are the poles planted?

    • Yes, it is a traditional method and has been in use for several centuries.� The fences are placed above the normal wave run-up line and are positioned parallel to the face of the dune, which will be dependent on the dominant wind direction.� Obviously the fencing cannot stop the sand but reduces the wind speed and encourages the build up of sand in front of the fence.� Small, enclosed areas of fencing are also used to protect newly planted grasses. Chestnut fencing has been used because it is readily available, is relatively cheap and has a life expectancy of 2-5 years.� The supporting posts are driven to approximately 1m below the surface.�� I hope this helps. � Thanks, also, for choosing to follow my blog.� I hope you find other posts interesting.

  6. Yes your description did help.I believe I will try something like this on a piece of my property.I hope to grow a dune.
    It’s the second time I’ve been to your blog,Found it via Sunnyace’s reblog.I believe I will like reading your posts.
    BTW I like historical fiction too….what are you reading now?Do you have any preferences w.r.t period and/or gepgraphy?

  7. Dune landscapes always make me long to be there. These are wonderful, Louis!

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