Either side of the Blyth estuary lie two very different coastal communities and contrasting beaches. Southwold is blessed with a sandy beach, wide in places and retained by a range of coastal management, including groynes and a seawall. Whilst in comparison, Walberswick, a smaller village 1 mile South has a narrow, steep beach with a mixture of sand and shingle.
Students can be facilitated into the collection of beach profiles, sediment analysis, flood-risk mapping and bi-polar analysis. Supported with secondary data from the Environment Agency, the local Shoreline Management Plan and a detailed explanation of the Southwold sediment cell.
This course will require transport between Southwold and Walberswick midway through the day.
AQA: Systems in physical geography, sediment sources and cells, landscapes of coastal deposition, shoreline management / integrated coastal zone management.
Edexcel: Transportation and deposition processes produce distinctive coastal landforms, the sediment cell concept, sea level change is a risk to some coastlines.
OCR: A coastal landscape which is being managed, a coastal landscape which is being used by people showing the impacts on processes and flows of material and / or energy through the coastal system, such as disturbance to the sediment cell.
Primary Fieldwork can include:
- Beach profiles
- Flood-risk mapping
- Beach width measurements
- Sediment analysis
- Bi-polar analysis
- Field sketches
- Student log-in to customisable fieldwork booklet
- Environment Agency data
- Shoreline Management Plan
- Pre-course teaching resources
- Classroom facilities