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Poole Bay Nearshore Beach Replenishment Trial 2015

Borough of Poole has been awarded £260,000 funding to trial a beach replenishment process that could make future projects more economically and environmentally sustainable.

Borough of Poole

The trial, endorsed by the Environment Agency both locally and nationally, and supported by SCOPAC (Standing Conference on Problems Associated with the Coastline) involves Borough of Poole working in partnership with Poole Harbour Commissioners, the Environment Agency, Southampton University and the Channel Coast Observatory.

Project Funding

Funding has been provided by:


Measuring success

The success of the trial will be measured by:


Conventional beach renourishment, pumping sand ashore and spreading it using land-based plant, is not economical for small scale projects due to high mobilisation costs (estimated to be in the order of £300,000)

The trial site has been selected owing to its position at the up-drift end of the bay; sand can be driven onto the beach by wave action then moved around by littoral drift (breaking waves and longshore currents), thus making best use of the sand as it moves along the foreshore. The site selection also means that dredgers can operate without the restriction of tidal working.

Monitoring will be undertaken by the Channel Coastal Observatory (CCO) funded by the Environment Agency Research and Development Fund.

Poole Bay overview: the area shown in the detail map (below) is marked in red

Detail map approximately 30,000 cubic metres of dredged material as close as possible to site A on a set grid pattern.