Caring for our dunes helps protect our shorelines
DuneWatch is a SEQ Citizen Science program that gives the Gold Coast community an opportunity to help collect vital information on the health of our sand dunes. Facilitated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, the program was established in December 2015 and contributes to the expanding knowledge on local dune systems. The program also supports BeachCare’s planting activities and ensures dune regeneration is conducted efficiently and effectively.
WHY SAND DUNES?
Sand dunes are important ecosystems that protect our shorelines and coastal development. Dune vegetation ensures sand is held together during storm events and attracts a variety of wildlife. A number of animal species will find their homes in the dunes, others look for shelter or food. Each sand dune has its own composition and the diversity of plants and animals create a valuable coastal environment.
We conduct surveys at 10 different sites on the Gold Coast:
- Paradise Point
- Runaway Bay
- Surfers Paradise
- North Burleigh
- Palm Beach
- Rainbow Bay.
See the SEQ Citizen Science site for more information on these areas.
DuneWatch is held on Saturdays from 9 am to 11 am at one of the 12 sites on the Gold Coast. Check out our calendar for dates and locations. No bookings are required, just come along and chat with one of our coordinators. Make sure you wear closed shoes, sun-smart clothing and bring a bottle of water.