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Coastal management strategies - sea defences and managed retreat

Coastal management strategies - sea defences and managed retreat
Key Info
  • Coastal management strategies - sea defences and managed retreat
  • Duration: 05:22
  • A comparison of the different coastal management strategies of Minehead and Porlock in Somerset. In Minehead, millions of pounds have been spent on rock armour and sea walls. This is to protect the tourist resort of Butlins, which is important to the local economy. Porlock, owned by the National Trust, is managed very differently. A shingle beach protects the settlement, but recent winter gales have overwhelmed this ridge and the land has flooded. The National Trust has adopted a policy of managed retreat. Ordnance Survey mapping © Crown Copyright.
  • Subject:



    Coastal Environment: Conflict and Management

  • Keywords: coast, erosion, sea wall, rock armour, waves, tourism, Butlins, resort, flooding, Somerset, managed retreat, shingle, National Trust, longshore drift
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip could be shown after Clip 03102. The clip shows contrasting studies of coastal management. Students could be asked to suggest 'pros' and 'cons' of each strategy and choose which option they think is best. This could lead to an interesting debate.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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