Gems of the Dunes host creative workshops for national conservation project

Gems of the Dunes

  • Exciting opportunity to help protect the endangered creatures of the Sefton Coast
  • Artists work with Back from the Brink to save endangered species.
  • Artists to work to bring this project to life in the minds and hearts of people
  • Gems of the Dunes – artists are holding free creative workshops to highlight exciting species in your sand dunes
  • Creative art opportunities for local people with Gems of the Dunes
  • Your chance to take part to help to save endangered species……

The National Lottery-funded Back from the Brink project is one of the most ambitious conservation initiatives ever undertaken.
Its aim – to save 20 species from extinction and benefit over 200 more through 19 projects that span England; from the tip of Cornwall to Northumberland.

It’s the first time ever that so many conservation organisations have come together with one focus in mind – to bring back from the brink of extinction some of England’s most threatened species of animal, plant and fungi. …and the Sefton Coast is part of this ambitious scheme.

In the dunes along the Sefton Coast, artists Sian Hughes and Sarah Jane Richards are playing their part to make  this possible ‘Our aim is to work with Gems of the Dunes experts to Discover what species are endangered, how to Value them and how to Act to prevent their extinction ‘ explained Sarah Jane. ‘We can’t do this without exciting and engaging the public’.

Sian and Sarah Jane will be running 4 free outdoor art activities for adults using their professional skills in cyanotype; drawing; porcelain and painting.  Participants will learn about the species that are endangered while making their own unique artwork

‘Involving artists and the public in a creative activity that educates and values the environment, is so imaginative’, says Sian, ‘we can’t wait to take everyone outdoors to learn more from the Gems of the Dunes experts, while also being inspired by the beautiful landscape to create art.’


The workshops are for adults interested in art and the environment and are free but you will need to book. They will be running on 17th, 18th, 31st August and 1st September at venues along the coast.

For more information: email – or telephone: 01704 571575

This project is part of the Back from the Brink, a nationwide project saving England’s most endangered species from extinction and funded by the National Lottery For more information visit