Skeg beach

To combat erosion, since 1994 the Environment Agency has undertaken a major beach nourishment scheme (known as ‘Lincshore’) along the entire coast between Mablethorpe and Skegness. Significant amounts of sand is put back onto the beaches along this coast but for 5 years this has not taken place further south than Ingoldmells due to relatively stable beach profiles.

This investigation aims to establish whether there is a current need for beach nourishment as far south as Skegness or whether the beach is stable or even growing.

By using the Environment Agency's target profile for this beach and comparing it to the beach profile which students themselves measure we can assess how effective the management here has been anbd what the current need for future beach nourishment is.

The course is complimented by secondary information from the Environment Agency, extracts from the local shoreline management plan and aerial drone pictures.

AQA: Mass movement, how geological structure and rock type influence coastal forms, the costs and benefits of management strategies, hard and soft engineering, managed retreat – coastal realignment.

Edexcel: The physical processes at work at the coast, mass movement, influence of geological structure on landforms, the advantages and disadvantages of different coastal management defences, managed retreat.

OCR: How human activity, including management works in combination with the geomorphic processes to impact the landscape.

Primary Fieldwork can include:

  • Bi-polar surveys
  • Flood-risk mapping
  • Beach width measurements
  • Drift tests
  • Field sketches

Provided resources:

  • Fieldwork booklet
  • Secondary data
  • Classroom facilities
  • Write-up A3 summary sheet


Low season 1st November - 31st March


Mid season 1st April - 31st May
1st September - 31st October


High season 1st June - 31st July


GFA Southwold 07907299910 / 01728860631
GFA Skegness 07398257944 / 01507603980