Either side of the Blyth estuary lie two very different coastal communities and very different beaches. Southwold is blessed with a sandy beach, wide in places and retained by a range of coastal management, including groynes and a seawall.
Walberswick in comparison, is a much smaller village 1 mile South and 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.
An explanation of the Southwold sediment cell from the Environment Agency's research will provide secondary data and an advanced explanation of the observed differences.
This course will require transport between Southwold and Walberswick midway through the day.
AQA: Characteristics and formation of landforms resulting from deposition – beaches.
Edexcel: The role of depositional processes in the development in beaches
OCR: The formation of coastal landforms - beaches
Primary Fieldwork can include:
- Beach profiles
- Sediment analysis
- Flood-risk mapping
- Bi-polar analysis
- Fieldwork booklet
- Secondary data
- Classroom facilities
- Write-up A3 summary sheet