Why are dune plants important?

CoastCare Northland logo.Northland's coastline is a unique and sensitive environment. Good plant cover can reduce erosion of coastal sand dunes.

Large areas of Northland's sand dunes have been modified for residential development, farmland and exotic forestry. This has led to extensive loss of native vegetation, increased weeds and dune erosion.

Restoring and protecting our coastal dunes with native plants will help restore the natural dune form and function, provide a buffer from erosion and storms and create habitat for native creatures.

This factsheet covers which plants are best for planting on Northland's dunes, plus where and how to plant them.