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.

Students could be asked to suggest pros and cons of each strategy and choose which option they think is best. Choose a case study coastal location and consider how a settlement or area of land can be protected from the sea. Students could be divided into groups with a strategy each and produce a presentation suggesting why their idea is the most appropriate. Consider a coastal location for a future residential, commercial or industrial development. Research ways that the development can be created to mitigate against the risk of storm damage and flooding.