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Anstey's Beach Dune Regeneration Project

The Anstey's Beach project was the first of a number of projects undertaken by me over a period of a few years. In this project the entire dune seaward of the road over a length of about one kilometer was re-constructed in three phases extending the dune ever closer to the sea, eventually to it's original position at the high water mark. This project has been an outstanding success in that as well as re-creating the dune system I have achieved the goal of re-creating a functional and stable ecosystem that closely resembles the original in every respect.

Isipingo Beach Dune Regeneration Project

The next three photographs show the state of the dunes at Ansteys Beach Durban before the project began

 badly eroded coastal sand dunes ansteys beach

 Badly eroded coastal sand dunes at Ansteys Beach

photo of badly eroded coastal dunes taken from Brighton beach facing towards ansteys beach in Durban South Africa

Photo of badly eroded coastal dunes taken from Brighton Beach facing towards Ansteys Beach in Durban South Africa

photo of badly eroded coastal dunes taken from above Brighton beach in Durban South Africa

Photo of badly eroded coastal dunes looking down from above Brighton Beach in Durban South Africa

Coastal dunes between Brighton and ansteys beach after the first stage of restoration

This photograph was taken after the first stage of the dune vegetation rehabilitation at Ansteys beach Durban had been completed

The aerial picture was taken of the coastal dunes at Ansteys Beach Durban shows the effects of a severe drought on the dunes and the adjoining coastal vegetation a number of years later.

The four photographs below show the rapid and total recovery of the coastal dune dune system at Ansteys beach Durban after the bad drought taken in March 2006 which is evidence of the success of the project 

In the photo above one can clearly see the three fences showing the three phases of reconstructing the dunes between Ansteys and Brighton Beach back to their original seaward position at the high water mark 

In the photo above taken in 2007 one can clearly see the three fences showing the three phases of reconstructing the dunes between Ansteys and Brighton Beach back to their original seaward position at the high water mark

 Chrysanthamoides monilifera and Ipomoea pre-caprae with far lesser amounts of Carpobrotus dimidiatus are the main constituents of this natural dune system that had at the time that this photograph was taken been established for about 15 years

Chrysanthamoides monilifera and Ipomoea pre-caprae with far lesser amounts of Carpobrotus dimidiatus are the main constituents of this natural dune system that had at the time that this photograph was taken been established for about 15 years

coastal dune rehabillitation at ansteys beach the dune vegetation has completley recovered after the severe drought in 2006

In this photo taken in 2007 of coastal dune rehabillitation at Ansteys Beach shows that the dune vegetation has completley recovered after the severe drought in 2006

In this photo taken in 2007 of coastal dune rehabillitation at Ansteys Beach shows that the dune vegetation has completley recovered after the severe drought in 2006

In this photo taken in 2007 of coastal dune rehabillitation at Ansteys Beach once again shows that the dune vegetation has completley recovered after the severe drought in 2006