News article

Ōhope dunes damaged by foot traffic and other causes.

Ōhope sand dunes have been damaged and a large chunk of the vegetated area has turned into just sand. Coast Care Regional Coordinator Rusty Coutts talks to Jesse Mulligan about the problem. Aerial photographs taken 10 years apart show how more and more of the dunes are turning to sand, with vegetation having been trampled by people and eaten by rabbits. Storms and waves are also having an effect. Rusty encourages people to stay on the tracks provided and help with coast care work, especially planting during the winter season. Listen here: