Without our dunes we’re defenseless
Dunes provide a vital natural buffer against wind and storm surges.
Our plants and vegetation hold our dunes together. Vehicles driving over or near to sand dunes means plant and root systems are crushed, causing severe erosion over time.
Changes to the soil structure from vehicles driving over beaches mean dunes literally fall away. It also means increased vulnerability to wind erosion.
Direct impacts on soil structure include:
Source: Coastal Restoration Trust New Zealand.
“As a Critically Endangered habitat that supports a number of threatened plant and animal species as well as providing protection to our coastal infrastructure, dune communities are at risk from uncontrolled use, particularly by vehicles.”
– Roger Uys, Senior Environmental Scientist at Greater Wellington Regional Council