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Designated Wildlife Sites damage

The Wildlife Trusts provides the Natural England (NE) report on the surge and flood impacts bringing about overtopping and undermining of numerous designated sites over 2013/2014 at www.wildlifetrusts.org/coastalflooding  Here is an excerpt: The coastal flooding of December, 2013 and early January, 2014 has affected at least 48 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), including 22 […]

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Government lethargy in protecting the sea off Cromer

The plan to create 127 Marine Conservation Zones around the UK was launched four years ago, yet the green light has not yet been given to designate a single zone in either Norfolk or Suffolk, although it is claimed that the Cromer shoalA sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow chalk beds are currently […]

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Do it yourself dune defences

Recognising that Hemsby is far from alone in losing their dune protection, here’s some information that may assist others similarly threatened by the loss of both their defences and government reluctance help maintain or to provide for them. There’s an excellent treatise on the role of marram dune to be seen at http://www.snh.org.uk/publications/on-line/heritagemanagement/erosion/appendix_1.2.shtml and there’s […]

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Hemsby group dig for defences and funding to protect the coast

Undefeated by the government SMPShoreline Management Plan declining to provide vital defences, the people of Hemsby and colleagues are doing all they can from their own resources to keep the sea from taking more homes. Over the May Bank Holiday period the Save our Hemsby Coastline group (SHC) and Green Party members, armed with shovels […]

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Scratby residents face £526,000 bill for sea defences

With the failure of the government to provide sea defences, the people of Scratby, like adjoining Hemsby and many other coastal communities, will need to dip deep into their pockets to help pay for sea defences if they wish to protect their village from inundation. With fully effective concrete sea walls averaging £6,000 per metre, […]

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Winterton Great Valley Protected

The beautiful Great Winterton Valley that runs between Hemsby and through Winterton-on-Sea contains much wildlife and a selection of rare faunaThe animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment. It, plus the Long Beach housing along its western edge, was severely threatened by the pre-Christmas North Sea Surge that destroyed the last remaining dune […]

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Tackling Flooding – the 2007/60/EC Directive

Britain is far from alone with its recent severe bouts of coastal erosion and river flooding. Between 1998 and 2009, Europe suffered over 213 major damaging floods, including the catastrophic floods along the Danube and Elbe rivers in summer 2002. The severe floods of 2005 further reinforced the need for concerted action. Between 1998 and […]

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North Sea Surge impact along Norfolk Coast

The aftermath of the devastating December North Sea Surge can be seen on Mustard TV’s short film at Mustard TV

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The Growing Impact of the Shoreline Management Plan

Things are not looking good for the future of our coastline and the hopes of the many communities who live from it and by it. The full effect of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMPShoreline Management Plan) is now being realized, abruptly brought into focus by the storm surge of December when large areas of our […]

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Welsh Response to SMP

A reaction has arisen in West Wales, perhaps the first of many to come as the Shoreline Management Plan is dictated along our British coastline. The residents of Fairbourne, a coastal community in Gwynedd, West Wales, are considering taking legal action against their Council over the Managed Retreat plans arising from the Shoreline Management Plan […]

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Residents react to Shoreline Management Plan

The residents of Fairbourne, a coastal community in Gwynedd, West Wales, are considering taking legal action against their Council over the Managed Retreat plans arising from the Shoreline Management Plan (SMPShoreline Management Plan) that would see 400 homes in the village abandoned to the sea by 2055 due to the Council ceasing to maintain their […]

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SCAR AGM Opportunity

Anne Page, Secretary of SCAR (Suffolk Coast Against Retreat) invites you to the 2014 Annual General Meeting of SCAR to be held at 10.30 am on Saturday 29th March at 10.30 am (Coffee from 10 am) at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew. The Guest Speaker will be Lord Deben, Patron of SCAR and Chair […]

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Norfolk Surge Damage

The surge damage that hit the Norfolk Coast on the evening of Thursday 5th December was the worst experienced since 1953. In fact along the North Norfolk coast facing the gale the sea was pushed to an even higher level during the storm flood peak sea levels as well as producing even bigger waves. The […]

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Blakeney NNR future in question

Those of you who have visited the National Trusts Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the North Norfolk coast will realise how precious it is (or perhaps now ‘was’) as a wildlife and faunalThe animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment habitat. Sadly the severe North Sea tidal surge of Thursday 5th December caused […]

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UK weather: British coasts suffer years of erosion in ‘hours’ of storms, says National Trust

From the Independent 21st February 2014: Some of Britain’s most famous sections of coastline have suffered years of erosion and damage in just a few weeks, or in some cases hours, as a result of the winter storms, the National Trust has said. The high winds and waves that have repeatedly battered the UK have […]

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Impact of the North Sea Surge on the East Anglian Coast

The devastating North Sea Surge along the Norfolk and Suffolk coast in December wrought serious damage to many homes by wave overtopping, breaches to those sea defences that were present and underminement of the ground that residences stood on where there were only naturally formed marram dunes. Five bungalows were undermined and destroyed at Hemsby, […]

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Forthcoming EA Meetings

The Environment Agency are inviting all those impacted and concerned with the catastrophic December North Sea Surge that inflicted such massive erosion and flood damage to so many businesses, homes and wildlife sites along the East Anglian Coastline to a Q & A session at Great Yarmouth Town Hall from 2.30 – 7.00 pm on […]

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Coming Environment Agency Presentations

The Environment Agency invites all those impacted by the catastrophic December North Sea Surge that inflicted such massive erosion and flood damage to so many businesses, homes and wildlife sites along the East Anglian Coastline to a Q & A session at Great Yarmouth Town Hall from 2.30 – 7.00 pm on Friday 31st January. […]

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Portrait of a coastal nature reserve in Suffolk

Matt Shardlow writes in The Guardian, 25th December 2013: “The Dingle Marshes reserve is a flat expanse of reeds and rushes nearly half a mile wide and running a mile along the coast. Behind the ridge are a string of saline lagoons — a rare habitat, home to some very special little anemones, shrimps and […]

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Major North Sea Surge impacts Hemsby

The biggest North Sea surge since 1953 hit the East Anglian Coastline overnight on 5th December, resulting in flooding, loss of habitation and much damage to the homes at Hemsby Marrams, when the high tide brought in waves to further erode the dune foundations they were built on. A deep barometric low off eastern Scotland […]

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