In this study we have tested whether carabid beetles can be used as indicator for both habitat description and disturbed-undisturbed dune successions. For this purpose carabid beetles were sampled in natural and disturbed matched pairs of sites in five coastal successions; fore dune, dune slack, yellow dune, grey dune, and woodland. 23 species and 3404 individuals of carabid beetles were recorded along this gradient. Most frequent among carabid beetles was Calathus erratus (Sahlberg, 1827) which occurred mostly in undisturbed grey dune with 1998 individuals. Nine indicator species of carabid beetles were identified for habitat description and seven indicator species of carabid beetles for habitat destruction. The highest indicator value was provided by Bembidion pallidipenne leger, 1802) (IndVal: 100%; P=0.001), a species found only found in dune slack. Overall, this study reveals the interaction between succession and human activities on biodiversity, in this fragile coastal dune system.