Monday, 24 January 2011

College students tackle coastal change

Dan Eynon, Head of Geography at Exmouth Community College with the team of student researchers in front of Fairlynch Museum

Interviewers and a film crew were out and about in Budleigh Salterton recently to ask local residents about how East Devon should be coping with the effects of coastal change.

Exmouth Community College is one of eight schools on the Jurassic Coast which are researching their own local stretches of coastline with a view to presenting their findings at a conference at Dorchester in March.

The students spent time at various sites in Budleigh including Fairlynch Museum, where they learnt about the town's famous Pebble Bed cliffs and the effects of coastal erosion.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) launched the £11 million Coastal Change Pathfinder fund in June 2009, inviting local authorities to bid for a portion of the money to improve community engagement in the process of planning to adapt to coastal change. There were 15 successful bids, of which the Dorset County Council, on behalf of partners in Dorset and East Devon, received £376,500 from DEFRA on 1 December 2009

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