Communities along the sand
The Communities along the sand project sets out to engage people in the conservation of Spurn’s natural and cultural heritage, at one of Yorkshire’s wildest and most remote places, Spurn National Nature Reserve.
The project will transform Spurn National Nature Reserve into a flagship reserve – a place to inspire, and educate. The reserve will act as the centrepiece of the Trust's Outer Humber Living Landscape, a network of reserves from Paull Holme Strays, on the eastern outskirts of Hull, to Welwick Saltmarsh, Hodgson's Fields and Kilnsea Wetlands, just north of Spurn.
“Communities along the sand” include both the natural (animals and plants that visit or inhabit the reserve) and the human settlements (present-day and historical) that have lived in this shifting landscape. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust shall be conserving Spurn’s diverse heritage for present and future generations to enjoy by restoring and opening up Spurn lighthouse, and creating a new viewing deck on the Point.
The Trust shall also be engaging local communities to participate in the conservation of Spurn’s heritage through a programme of events and workshops. For example, the Trust shall soon be launching a series of themed workshops for the community to help inform and develop the Spurn Storyboard trail. An active volunteer group will also be established for the reserve and a trainee programme for two full-time trainees.
Spurn NNR also provides a unique formal education setting for schools, colleges and universities along with other interest groups. An education programme will be delivered by Communities along the sand Heritage Officer Andrew Mason.