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National Trust concern on Coastal Erosion

In addition to many beaches and dunes, large stretches of the wildlife-rich Norfolk coast at Brancaster, Cley and Blakeney Freshes, suffered significant damage by the December ’14 storm and a tidal surge. Norfolk and Suffolk were far from alone in losing habitat. Sand dunes at Murlough in Northern Ireland also suffered their worst erosion in […]

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Scotland’s coastal “machair” grasslands at risk from climate change

The Guardian reports, 23rd May 2014: “The Hebrides and Northwest coast of Scotland are home to 70 per cent of the world’s machair, one of the rarest habitats on Earth and disappearing rapidly with climate change. Machair is unusually fertile grassland along the coast, enriched by winds driving off the Atlantic that blow tiny fragments […]

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Beach losses threat to Norfolk’s little tern colonies

The Norfolk Coast has long been a return haven every April for nesting Little Terns, with colonies at Great Yarmouth North Dunes and Winterton on the East Coast and at Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the North. These tiny terns are one of the UK’s rarest seabirds, so are protected by RSPB Wardens from disturbance […]

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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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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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Norfolk Sea defence scheme abandoned

The long awaited £3.9 million sea defence scheme promised to shore up sea defences and so protect some 200 homes from the sea on the east coast of Norfolk has been thrown out due to a shortfall of over £3 million pounds. It was to have extended the existing rock berm from the Caister-on-Sea sea […]

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Southwold Beach and cash loss

At a cost of £8.5 million groynes were placed in front of Southwold town beach and Easton Marsh between 2005 and 2007 to put into practice a scheme designed by Halcrow that was predicted to maintain and build the beach to keep the drop from the promenade to less than 4 feet. The groynes were […]

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Surrender to the sea on the South Coast

The plan to aid and abet the loss of a huge area of the Manhood Peninsula (between Portsmouth and Worthing on the South Coast) to the sea and placing a 7km new defence against the sea 2km further inland is soon to be completed in a £28m plan by the Environment Agency. The EA Flood […]

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MMO considering aggregate applications to extract over 108 million tonnes from the seabed off Great Yarmouth

Currently this year there are already three new marine aggregate dredging licence applications for sites offshore from Great Yarmouth, the applicant in each case being Hanson Aggregates Ltd (MLA/2013/00119, MLA/2013/00306, MLA/2013/00338), all these viewable on the Marine Management Organisation website. These three applications alone wish to extract up a total of 86 million tonnes (ca. […]

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Sea view of Hemsby DIY defences

This view of Hemsby’s shoreline, taken by a Caister fisherman offshore, shows how far the white encased concrete blocks reached until funding and approval for continuing the line becomes possible. The test now is to determine whether they will stand up to the aggressive waves expected over the winter. If they appear to do so, […]

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Further progress at Hemsby

The home-made concrete blocks to help protect the dune base are progressing south along the beach from Hemsby Gap to Newport, funded by the site owner Geoffrey Watling Ltd. If this trial run proves to be successful, the £18,000 raised by Save Hemsby Coastline will be used to buy and install more blocks running all […]

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Further erosion at Hopton

Additional costs have arisen to try to combat Hopton dune erosion following further storm driven waves and seabed levelling, with the sea coming over the revetments to cut into the sandy cliff face. The cost of emergency cliff and dune repairs has now reached £3m due to the most recent battering as the latest damage […]

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