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Living with coastal erosion in Happisburgh, East Anglia (pt 2/2)

Living with coastal erosion in Happisburgh, East Anglia (pt 2/2)
Key Info
  • Living with coastal erosion in Happisburgh, East Anglia (pt 2/2)
  • Duration: 3:03
  • The residents of Happisburgh, a village in Norfolk, describe what it is like to live with the threat of coastal erosion. A dramatic comparison of aerial shots taken today and in 1996 highlights the rate at which coastal erosion is occurring in this part of East Anglia. Commentary emphasises that the low-lying land and soft rocks in this area are vulnerable to the waves and describes attempts to protect the coastline using coastal defences. An interview with a member of the Coastal Action Group describes how erosion has recently accelerated as the old revetments have deteriorated. An interview with a local resident describes her reluctance to accept council accommodation as her home comes dangerously close to the cliff edge. A homeowner further inland has had their house valued at just £1. Published as part of the Britain From Above website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Coastal Environment: Conflict and Management

  • Keywords: coast, sea defences, East Anglia, erosion, cliff, managed retreat, Norfolk, rural, village, beach, economics, housing, environment, natural disaster
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on coasts or natural hazards. Could be used to highlight the social impact of coastal erosion and the arguments surrounding the use of coastal defences.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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