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Easton Bavents and North Southwold, Walberswich, Dunwich Beach and Heath - and Sizewell

   December 2008

 

Covehithe   June 2000

Covehithe   February 2002  rapid gullying and further cliff recession .. also a look at Benacre.

Covehithe   November 19 2004

 

Easton Bavents 19 November  2004

Easton Bavents and North Southwold   June 2006

 

Easton Bavents, Southwold, Dunwich & Sizewell  December 2008

Southwold to Kessingland via Easton Bavents and Covehithe  5 September 2009

1 - Southwold pier and town defences to Mr Boggis' defences

2 - Easton cliffs and Broad to Covehithe Broad

3 - Covehithe cliffs to Benacre Broad and towards Kessingland - and back

 

 

 

Southwold on a winter's Sunday morning; people are taking their ease in the sunshine!

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Rock groynes have gathered a covering of green growth since their installation.

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At the northern end of the town the rock groynes and sea wall are abruptly terminated and a free-for-all ensues. This is where, if Mr Boggis is unsuccessful, the sea will outflank Southwold and eventually leave it as a stalk - a promontory of 'valuable' urban property connected to the retreating coastline by an isthmus of wholly indefensible marshland!

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Easton Bavents has lost the soft material used as a sea defence, although a trace can be seen in the right-hand shot. Following the recent court decision, the way is open for more material to be used to slow the sea's advance.

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Looking back towards Southwold town from the track to the coastal houses at Easton Bavents

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Walberswick

 

   

 

The barrier beach that connects Walberswick to Dunwich is steep at the northern, Walberswick end. Material has been pushed up into a series of steep bluffs.

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Further south, the beach ridge narrows to less than a metre, separating the North Sea from the freshwater wetlands of Dingle Marshes.

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A series of surges have breached the barrier beach and taken away the height of the beach ...

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...pushing the beach material into the wetland and moulding it by repeated incursions, leaving a miniature landscape of river features.

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The beach has exposed, in the last year or so, a layer of clay and has ribbed it ..

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... to look like an outcrop of hard, horizontally-bedded rock strata!

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Only as very short stretch of the coast is affected, but does add an attractive variation to a long beach walk!

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Dunwich Beach

 

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At Dunwich Beach the cliffs appear to be well protected, for the time being, by the beach geotextile sausages .. and quantities of pushed-up shingle.

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Minsmere and Sizewell from Dunwich Heath

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Sizewell

 

 

The familiar views of the power stations and inlet/outlet towers have been joined by a jack-up rig. There is a yard on the Sizewell Road for materials for a wind farm, so I am hopeful this rig is part of that initiative!

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It was sobering to remember that when I was last here, on the morning of the November 2007 surge, the sea was trying to wash over the first line of marram grass!

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A fishing boat at Sizewell beach.

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Southwold Easton Bavents Walberswick Dingle Marshes Dunwich Beach Heath Minsmere Sizewell coast erosion defences groynes sea walls beaches Boggis clay basement crevasses barrier beach nuclear power wind energy offshore

 

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