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Nearshore Beach Replenishment Trials 2015

Storm Repairs 2014 - Shore Road Beach

Storm Repairs 2014 - Baiter Sea Wall

Sand Recycling Trials on Poole's Beaches

Whitley Lake Sea Defence Feasibility Study

Borough of Poole www.poole.gov.uk

Other sources of local coastal information

Standing Conference on Problems Associated with the Coastline Poole & Christchurch Bays Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) Whitley Lake Sea Defence Feasibility Study 2013-2018

Welcome to poolebay.net

Past projects

A record of Coastal Management projects along the coast of Poole Bay, Dorset

Poole Harbour: Whitley Lake Sea Defence Feasibility Study 2013-2018

Project update: 28 August 2013

A 5-year feasibility study which aims to identify whether the creation and stabilisation of saltmarsh foreshore and sandy beach is a suitable and sustainable sea defence solution for the inner harbour coastline at Whitley Lake, Poole Harbour

Whitley Lake Sea Defence Feasibility Study 2013-2018

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Between 1970-2000 more than 1.5 million cubic metres of sand was used to replenish beaches at Bournemouth and Poole. Between 2005-2008 the coastline benefited from another 1.8 million cubic metres of beach material.

The resulting wide beaches have been a success in terms of their function as a coast protection structure and for the enjoyment they provide to the area's residents and visitors. Beach control structures such as rock groynes will ensure they remain that way for as long as possible and a long-term programme of engineering works has been implemented by the local authorities.

Since 2005 coastal management project news and regular updates have been available online.

Projects include:

Sandbanks Coast Protection 1995 - 2003. A report from Borough of Poole (pdf, 1.2Mb)

Download (pdf, 1.2Mb) Sandbanks Coast Protection 1995 - 2003

Poole Bay & Swanage Beach Replenishment Phase I 2005/06

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Major beach replenishment works 2005/06 - opens in a new window

Poole Bay & Swanage Beach Replenishment Phase II 2006/07

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Major beach replenishment works 2006/07 - opens in a new window

During the 20th Century, the cliffs of Poole Bay were protected from coastal erosion by the construction of concrete seawalls and groynes.

This allowed houses and roads to be built on the cliff tops, but it also stopped the natural supply of sand and gravel to the shore. So the whole of Poole Bay from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head is an eroding coastline, and the many thousands of cubic metres of beach material that is lost to natural coastal processes (wind & waves) each year cannot be replaced by any other than artificial means.

Our coast protection & flood defence depends mainly on the level and width of our beaches, which means they must be constantly maintained.

It is also necessary to repair, replace or add to existing beach control structures such as groynes, that help keep beach material in place, in order to safeguard beachfront and cliff-top property and infrastructure.

The cost of beach replenishment and other flood defence projects is funded by the government through Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the Environment Agency, based on detailed risk management appraisals.

An overview of the stages in the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management appraisal process can be found at www.southerncoastalgroup.org.uk

The need for coastal management

Bournemouth Beach Top-ups - 3 projects between 2008 & 2010

Bournemouth Beach Top-up project 2008

Five new rock groynes at Branksome Beach, Poole winter 2008/09

New Rock Groynes between the Chines at Branksome Beach, Poole

Bournemouth Timber Groyne Repair Works winter 2009/10

Repairs to Timber Groynes at Bournemouth

Whitley Lake

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Winter storm damage 2013/14 - government funded repairs

Poole Bay Nearshore Beach Replenishment Trial

Can relatively small amounts of sand placed on the seabed close to shore be moved on to the beach by natural wave forces?

Winter Trials of Sand Recycling on Poole’s Beaches 2013

Winter Trials of Sand Recycling 2013

Short videos from the FCERM* team

Our project video channel


* Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management

Project videos at www.vimeo.com/fcerm Nearshore Beach Replenishment Trials - project information