It's been a while coming, but we're now very pleased to announce that the net is in! The Bois des Sapins should now see sand trapped by our innovative sand net, helping redirect the Authie river away from the eroding dunes.
This part of the river mouth is losing just under 10 metres per year, so alongside local authority plans, we hope the sand nets carries the flag for soft interventions.
We were lucky to be joined by the local newspaper and it was interesting to explain how we were witnessing live erosion. We were then treated to spectacular views at low tide in the mussel post farm of the beach North of Berck.
Berck-sur-Mer provided us with site visits which were relevant to all work packages of ENDURE. Visitor management in WP1, with seals off one of the dykes, and paths through the dune sites immediately to the south of the town and close to the main beach car park.
Buildings on dunes, with beach huts, sand transport management and diggers moving sand about the beach, letting transport take its course along the coast and up to...Belgium - cross-border cooperation, and natural process, not sand stealing!
WP3 and the work the local authority is doing to involve local communities at risk from dune erosion in the process, which will include cutting edge trials. At ENDURE we're very interested in seeing what the future holds!
Of course, it is the main site for the French side of WP1 work, so it was always going to be an amazing visit.
A big thank you to Cerema for organising (shout out to Marie!) and to CPIE for being the logistics kings and driving force all week.
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