August 23, 2011
New conservation project aims to reduce Berrow dunes erosion
new conservation project to strengthen the sand dunes along Berrow
beach and reduce the risk of erosion is underway.
Members of Berrow Conservation Group, Sedgemoor District Councils
conservation team and Bristol University's Conservation Group
have built a 40-metre line of wooden fencing in the sand, filled
with vegetation, to shore up the natural sea defences.
The work first started earlier this year and is already being
hailed a success, with damage to the dunes from onshore winds
and sea water already being reduced, although the real test will
be over the winter period.
District Council's landscape officer, Janette Burton (pictured
above) told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A 40m section of sand fencing
has been installed using a private landscape contractor and volunteers
from Bristol University Conservation Group."
"Cut sea buckthorn from the nature reserve has also been
used to create a natural sand fence."
"The results have been very positive so far since the sand
is building up behind, creating new dunes."
The sand dunes are part of Berrow's Site of Special Scientific
Interest (SSSI), managed by Sedgemoor District Council with support
from Natural England and the Berrow Conservation Group.
recent years the reserve's steering committee have been monitoring
the condition of the foredunes.
high tides eroded the foredunes and 'blow outs' resulted, leaving
the dunes system along the beach vulnerable to further erosion.
That's why we're tackling it in this way," added Janette.
Further work to plant up the newly formed dunes is scheduled
for early in 2012, again using volunteers.