County Voice

County Voice: September 2022

Home of the Little Terns maintains Green Flag Status

A home for a famous Little Tern Colony has maintained its Green Flag Status.

The Council has welcomed the news that Gronant Sand Dunes has kept its Green Flag status for 2022/23.

The Green Flag Award is a sign to the public that a park or green space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The dunes were first awarded Keep Wales Tidy’s prestigious Green Flag Award last year which  provides a national quality standard and framework for green space.

The group of Little Terns at Gronant beach near Prestatyn is the largest breeding colony found in Wales.

This beach site is internationally known as it contributes to over 10 percent of the entire UK breeding population as well as supplementing other colonies.

Councillor Win Mullen James, Cabinet Lead Member for Local Development and Planning, said: “Our Countryside Service is really proud that the Gronant Dunes Site of Special Scientific Interest has kept the Green Flag Award.

“The dunes are a fantastic area in terms of the landscape, character and its important biodiversity value. They are also home to a thriving Little Tern colony thanks to the support of our staff and volunteers.

“A lot of continued effort has gone in to supporting the infrastructure at the site to give visitors and residents a real flavour of the natural beauty whilst keeping disturbance to a minimum and I would like to thank all who work very hard to make this possible.”


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