The dunes along the North Sea have been shaped by the Western winds. Like a soft, white blanket, they cover the landscape and if they were allowed to they would keep on migrating a little further eastwards each year; with the wind's help. In most locations, lyme grass and marram grass keep the dunes in place; but this is a delicate balance so please be gentle when walking through the dunes and please use the designated paths.
The warm hollows between the dunes are ideal for sunbathing and relaxing with your loved ones. There is plenty of room for playing and it is not far from the coast, where you can go for a walk along the water’s edge or a refreshing swim in the North Sea.
Storms and currents have done much damage to the dunes through the years, and there is some concern that the sea, during a storm, might break through the row of dunes at Holmsland Klit. Therefore, today, great effort is made to prevent the sand drift and thereby secure the dunes; this is done by planting robust grasses like marram and lyme grass.
Through the years, it has become a local tradition that the dune beach inspector arranges instructional courses in planting beach grasses, so that the dunes can survive the powerful fall and winter storms. The participants are often tourists who get an authentic experience and learn something about the rough conditions by the North Sea; they also learn how to behave in the sensitive dune environment.
Almost all the dunes along the North Sea are planted with beach grass and leymus grass. Both types of grass are bluegreen in color and very robust so that they can survive the strong winds and salty sands. The roots are long, fibrous stalks that grow underground and are able to get a good grip on the sand. You should definitely not cheat yourself out of going to the North Sea and experience its yellow and green dune landscape.