‘This restless enemy of all fertility’: exploring paradigms of coastal dune management in Western Europe over the last 700 years

Clarke, Michèle L. and Rendell, Helen M. (2015) ‘This restless enemy of all fertility’: exploring paradigms of coastal dune management in Western Europe over the last 700 years. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 40 (3). pp. 414-429. ISSN 1475-5661

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Abstract

Drifting sand has inundated settlements and damaged agricultural land along the coasts of Western Europe for the last 700 years. The need to control sand migration has been an important driver of the management of coastal sand dunes and here we analyse original archival materials to provide new insights into historically changing coastal dune management practices. Records of coastal sand movement in Denmark, The Netherlands, Britain, Ireland and France were reviewed and three distinct management approaches were identified. The ways in which these approaches have played out in space and time were examined with particular reference to records from landed estates in Britain and Ireland. We demonstrate how historical evidence can be used to inform contemporary debates on dune management strategy and practice. We propose a new place-based approach to the future management of coastal dunes that can incorporate both expert and locally produced ‘knowledges’ and that is underpinned by an understanding of how both natural forces and human interventions have shaped these dune landscapes over time.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: L Clarke, M. and Rendell, H. M. (2015), ‘This restless enemy of all fertility’: exploring paradigms of coastal dune management in Western Europe over the last 700 years. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 40: 414–429. doi: 10.1111/tran.12067, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tran.12067. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: coastal dunes; historical sand drift; land-use management; place-based dune management
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12067
Depositing User: Clarke, Michele
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 10:41
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 00:18
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32568

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