Berrow and Brean beaches see damage in storms
dunes have been cut back, beach safety signs have been destroyed
and a beach access road closed along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline
following this week's storms and high tides.
sand dunes on Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow beaches - pictured
here on Thursday - have been cut back 10-20 feet in some spots by
this week's stormy tides.
beach access road onto Berrow beach is shut because of debris blocking
the roadway and damage to its concrete surface.
of beach safety warning signs have also been damaged or washed away,
and a line of debris lies along the high tide line.
storms have created tall 'dune cliffs' along several parts of the
beach and walkers have been warned to take extra care if using the
dunes where there are now steep drops onto the beach.
comes after 70mph winds coincided with high tides, creating big
waves that crashed onto the sea wall and affected local beaches,
as featured here.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Brean beach warden Dave Furber said: "It's
a sad sight - this week's storms have cut back the dunes, washed
up a lot of rubbish and many of our signs have been damaged or washed
away, all of which will need to be replaced."
District Council's landscape officer, Janette Burton, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"During this week's storms, coupled with high tides, there
has been some damage to the foredunes at Berrow Beach."
it may look extensive, the dune system is a naturally formed geographical
feature and the sand will return on other tides an example
of Mother Nature healing itself."
dunes are natural land forms which are shaped by winds and tides.
We are sure that any damage done over the past week will remedy
itself in the course of nature."
will be carrying out appropriate sand fencing in due course should
it be necessary to repair the dunes. The council monitors the condition
of the foredunes and are assisted by Berrow Conservation Group."
added: "In March 2016, Bristol University Conservation Group
visited the Berrow Dunes Local Nature Reserve and created sand fencing
for erosion control on the foredunes."
sand fence is a double row of stockproof fencing packed with sea
buckthorn scrub which traps the sand as it blows up the beach. Sand
builds up behind the fence and forms new dunes."
Berrow beach access road has been closed this week - it is blocked
by washed-up debris and
remains of damaged signs are scattered along parts of the beach
at Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean
district council plans to replace the twisted remains of this beach
safety warning sign at Berrow
big industrial drum was among the rubbish washed up at Brean
dunes have been cut back by the high tides all along the coastline
at Brean, Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea
hit by 70mph winds as Storm Eleanor sweeps in