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Plans revealed to protect dunes
The sand dunes
Scottish Enterprise wants to protect the existing dunes
Plans have been unveiled to protect an ecologically sensitive sand dune system and create new dunes in Fife.

The dunes, at West Sands, St Andrews, are classified as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

The proposals, by Scottish Enterprise, include re-routing an existing road away from the sands to avoid erosion from cars and pedestrians.

New dunes will also be created close to Swilken Burn, which will separate the sands from a nearby car park.

More accessible

The proposals are being displayed at a public exhibition in the town next week.

They have been jointly drawn up by Fife Council, St Andrews Links Trust and Scottish Enterprise.

Several footpaths will tidied up between the beach and the golf course's clubhouse.

Willie Johnstone, Scottish Enterprise Fife, said: "We are keen to safeguard the environment of West Sands whilst making it more accessible and user-friendly for visitors."

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