Plea for coastal pics

SIDMOUTH residents are being asked to share their records of coastal erosion.

The Dorset and East Devon Coastal Change Pathfinder Project team wants people to send photos and stories of events such as big storms that have led to erosion. These will be used to illustrate how the coast has changed in the past and give an idea of how it may change in the future.

In December, Dorset and Devon County Councils and their partners were awarded �376,500 from the Government’s Coastal Change Pathfinder Fund to explore how coastal communities can adapt to meet the challenges of coastal change. The project team works with the communities to help them prepare for the future.

Between now and the end of September, the team wants to hear from anyone who can contribute copies of photographs or written accounts of coastal erosion, flooding, storms and changing coastal defences in Sidmouth and Pennington Point; Swanage; Ringstead; Preston Beach Road and Bowleze Coveway, Weymouth; Seatown and Charmouth.

Project co-ordinator Rupert Lloyd said: “Perhaps you have a photo showing how one of these areas looked in the past, or showing a major storm or landslip? Maybe you can provide a written account of how the coast has changed? We would love to hear from you.”

Send copyright-free submissions to or The Jurassic Coast Pathfinder Team, Environmental Directorate, Dorset County Council, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ. If you would like it returned include a postal address. For more information call (01305) 225515 or visit