Growing Climate Change Threat to Britain’s Historic Coastline

Birling Gap, Sussex, in South East England. A 30ft (9m) crack has appeared along the cliff top at Birling Gap in East Sussex. The crack appeared a week after the National Trust revealed the popular coastal attraction has suffered seven years’ worth of erosion in two months. Captions. Photo source: ©© Steeve James


Hundreds of miles of British coastline – so long the symbol of this nation’s island story – are collapsing through worsening erosion. Dozens of the country’s favourite coastal beauty spots have already suffered from cliff collapses and flooded beaches, with more expected to come under threat from the rising seas in the coming decades.

A report by the National Trust (NT) later this year is expected to warn that more action will be needed to protect threatened sites…

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East Riding Coastal Erosion, In Pictures, Guardian UK (06-25-2014)
The coast of East Riding of Yorkshire, UK, is eroding at the fastest rate in Europe. Erosion rates of up to 3.5 metres a year threatens property and roads…

This Sinking Isle: The Homeowners Battling Coastal Erosion, Guardian UK (04-17-2015)
As sea levels rise, thousands of people on the coast of Britain have been forced to move inland…

Future-Proof UK Coastal Areas Against Rising Sea Levels, Guardian UK (04-11-2014)
A clear national strategy is “urgently needed” to help future-proof coastal areas from rising sea levels and extreme weather, according to a report published by the National Trust, UK’s biggest coastal owners…

Sinking England, A National Geographic Video (11-2011)

White cliffs of Dover suffer large collapse, UK, BBC News (Uploaded 03-16-2012)

Cliff Collapse Due To Coastal Erosion, A Video (10-12-2011)

Shrinking Britain will force land to be abandoned to the sea, Guardian UK (04-02-2012)
Geologists take the long view, which can lead to some striking thoughts, and here is one: Britain is shrinking. As the waves crash onto the shores of this island, the rock is worn away or falls off in chunks, and, as the adage goes, they are not making land any more in Britain…

Severe coastal erosion and falling houses, Happisburgh, Norfolk, in East England. Photo source: ©© Martin