Thursday, November 1, 2012

Clearing the dunes at Fairbourne

I have idyllic memories of sunshine and running barefoot in the dunes; but best not to do so near the Point at Fairbourne where there are protruding strands of wire and fencing. This Saturday, 3rd November, a team of volunteers will be tackling the problem to restore the dunes to the spectacular beauty spot many local residents and visitors enjoy for dog walking and bird watching.

Volunteers will enjoy a free ride on the Fairbourne Railway to the end of the line where the work is most needed, all are welcome so do get in touch if you would like to help in this clear-up campaign and experience this very special narrow-gauge railway for yourself! This is what it looks like on the railway:

Jane Byrne, vice-chair of the Fairbourne Railway Preservation Society explains, “The Fairbourne Railway has run through magnificent scenery along the sea front in Fairbourne since its origins as a horse-drawn tram service in 1895.  In 2010, the Railway gained charitable status and in large part is now staffed by volunteers from the FRPS.  In the 1980s, barbed wire fencing was put in to protect certain areas of the dunes and to hold sand back from the rails.  Marram grass now serves the purpose of retaining the sand and the fences have gradually broken or rotted and present a hazard to people and wildlife.  It is our aim to remove the dangerous wire and then work to guide visitors to walk in areas which will not cause damage to the dunes in future.  We would very much appreciate all support offered in this venture.”

The Snowdonia Society organises practical conservation workdays across Snowdonia throughout the year, working with a variety of organisations and community groups to enhance and protect areas of conservation value. “ By participating in our workdays, volunteers can enjoy the beauty of Snowdonia, meet new people, learn new skills and keep fit at the same time! Our volunteering program is varied and everyone is welcome to get involved.” Said Jenny Whitmore, Conservation Snowdonia Project Officer.

If you would like further information on this or other conservation volunteering opportunities, please contact or call 01286 685498. If you would like further information on the Fairbourne Railway please contact or call 01341 250 362.

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