Dr Tomas Buitendijk is a postdoctoral researcher in UCD’s School of Biology and Environmental Science working on the Ecostructure project.
Tomas spoke to James L. Smith about the formation of the North Bull Island behind Dublin Bay's North Bull Wall, cultural value for coastal communities, and what the cultural legacy of the island is four visitors and locals today.
He uses the example of the accidental creation of the island in the early 1800s to discuss what “working with nature” really means: giving up control in the pursuit of human and environmental benefit. In this particular case wind, water, and sediment deposits together created a space of significant cultural and ecological value, with only limited human involvement. He uses his research for Ecostructure to explore how this example can be used as an evidence base for the use of Nature Based Solutions in other contexts.