dunes strengthening project reduces erosion at Berrow
second phase of a conservation project to strengthen the sand
dunes along Berrow beach and reduce the risk of erosion is underway.
of Sedgemoor District Councils conservation team, Somerset
Coastal Change Pathfinder project, Berrow Conservation Group and
Bristol University's Conservation Group have built a long line
of wooden fencing in the sand, filled with vegetation, to shore
up the natural sea defences.
work first began in 2011 and has been hailed a success, with damage
to the dunes from onshore winds and sea water being reduced, despite
recent stormy high tides over the winter.
District Council's landscape officer, Janette Burton, pictured,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A natural sand fence has been created
along several hundred metres of the dunes and the results are
very positive, with sand building up behind, creating new dunes."
added: "Several high tides have eroded the foredunes in places
where 'blow outs' have occurred, leaving the dunes along the beach
vulnerable to further erosion, which is why we're tackling it
in this way," she added.
signs are being introduced along the beach to explain the aims
of the project and further work is also underway along vulnerable
parts of the Berrow coastline.
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.