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

Clarke, Michèle L.; Rendell, Helen M.

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Michèle L. Clarke michele.clarke@nottingham.ac.uk

Helen M. Rendell h.m.rendell@lboro.ac.uk



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2015
Journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Print ISSN 0020-2754
Electronic ISSN 1475-5661
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Clarke, M. L., & 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(3), doi:10.1111/tran.12067
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12067
Keywords coastal dunes; historical sand drift; land-use management; place-based dune management
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tran.12067/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
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.

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