Reviews: A guide
to managing coastal erosion in beach/dune systems
excellent guide, published by Scottish Natural Heritage, relates specifically
to Scotlandís coastline but the content is applicable to all similar locations
in the British Isles. I quote from the Preface:
beaches and dunes are an attractive and valuable element of Scotlandís (and the
UKís) natural heritage. They are important for informal recreation and amenity,
for nature conservation and, of course as the basis of the countryís renowned
golf links. They are highly dynamic land-forms, susceptible to erosion and change
which may threaten those developments and land uses sited nearest the sea.
Guide does not offer Ďsolutionsí to coastal erosion but reviews the options available
for managing erosion, from intervention through to construction of revetments
and seawalls, and offers guidance on how to select or design the most appropriate
response to a particular situation. Critically, it describes and illustrates how
each technique might best be designed so as to minimise damage to the natural
heritage and reduce the prospects of altering the shoreline evolution elsewhere."
Guide summarises the natural processes that build and erode dunes and discusses
the impact of human activities. Throughout there is an underlying assumption that
natural erosion of dunes is not a problem in itself, and that erosion normally
only needs to be controlled to protect human assets at risk. It is well written
and beautifully illustrated and an essential reference to any Club with golf links
bordering our coastline and estuaries.
are available, price £10.99 inc p&p from Scottish Natural Heritage, Publications
Section, Battleby, Redgorton, Perth PH1 3EW.