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Ecological Impacts of Beach Grooming on Exposed Sandy Beaches


Because of the coast’s huge value, municipalities often choose to manicure their sandy beaches regularly, grooming them sometimes twice daily in high season. Conservationists and scientists have expressed concerns the practice could be harmful to birds and other wildlife species that reproduce and forage on the coast. Many of these coastal species, particularly shorebirds, have already lost a great majority of their native coastal and wetland habitats to development.

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