Bid to restore iconic dunes

09:40 25 February 2014

The recent storms have had a marked affect on the seafront sand dunes. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 2504-07-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

The recent storms have had a marked affect on the seafront sand dunes. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 2504-07-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to


Tonnes of new sand could be added to Exmouth’s beach after parts of the seafront’s iconic dunes were completely obliterated, environment chiefs have confirmed.

The dunes are at their lowest point for years, and, in some places, they are non-existent with sand shifted, flattened, washed or blown away by the recent storms.

The dunes are usually held together by marram grass, which stabilises the dunes, with its fibrous, matted roots binding the sand.

But not even the grass has been able to hold together the dunes following weeks of severe gales and waves.

An East Devon District Council spokesperson said that there was nothing it could have done to prevent the loss of the dunes, but they were in talks with the Environment Agency.

Meanwhile, Dawlish has also lost tonnes of sand in the recent storms.

The Environment Agency is unable to confirm when Exmouth’s landmarks will be restored.

But a spokesman said: “We are pleased that EDDC are enthusiastic about taking advantage of work we are planning to do on the beach at Dawlish Warren to help their plans to improve the beach at Exmouth.

“We have discussions planned with them in the next couple of months to see what opportunities there might be for them.

“This is a great example of how different organisations can work together to use resources efficiently to benefit people and the environment.”

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