British Coastlines & Communities: How Can Sea Defence Help?

There is an array of British coastlines across the nation, which are collapsing through worsening erosion. There’s a variety of the country’s favourite coastal beauty spots that have already suffered from flooded beaches and further damage to buildings in the local area. However, more is expected to come under threat over the decades from rising seas. 

Defence contractors in the UK are there to complete sea defence projects with quality rock armour, in order for local communities close by to these affected coastlines to stay safe. A number of Wales’ most loved places which are currently under threat, include Llanrhidian Marsh in Gower, Cwm ivy in Swansea, Stockpile and Abereiddi. 

Failing sea defences have been removed from the latter to allow a beach area to realign 30 metres inland, but defence contractors are set to save the beloved locations from further damages. 

Approximately 1,100 miles of English coast alone, which is estimated to be a total of 2,800 miles, is currently at risk of coastal erosion. The Environment Agency has estimated that around 700 properties could be lost to coastal erosion over the next 20 years, with as many as 2,000 over the next 50 years. 

Flood and Sea defence is an extremely important sector to consider, in order to prevent further damage being caused across the nation. Fortunately, the UK Government has invested £2.3 billion into helping many areas across the UK with funding for over 1,500 projects. 

The National trust has many miles of coastline under its control, but 60% of their own is already severely damaged by erosion. They have estimated that as a result to this devastation, a tenth of its coastline could retreat naturally by up to 200 metres inland over the next 100 years. However, 5% of this is likely to move back by an even greater distance. 

The new national database SurgeWatch that was announced earlier on this year, is another solution researchers have come up with to help prevent traumatic changes over the upcoming years. You can find out more about this useful tool, by reading the article: SurgeWatch: A New Database to Help PreventCoastal Flooding.