On a sunny day before the Easter break, Huish Geographers headed to Lyme Regis to expand their studies of coasts.

Students began the day by carrying out experiments on the beach to hone their skills, ready to complete their A Level coursework.

Armed with ranging poles, clinometers, and callipers, they measured the beach profile and carried out sediment analysis. A few students also found time to complete a beach clean collecting one full bag of litter.

After a break for lunch, where most observed the great tourist tradition of fish and chips, staff led students on a guided tour of the beachfront.

They discussed the history of Lyme Regis and how coastal processes impact human activity, including tourism.

They considered what coastal management strategies have been implemented since 1995 and reflected on the cost-benefit ratio of such schemes.

The Earth Scientists also looked at the remarkable Geology of the coastline. The fossils found along the Jurassic Coast not only attract tourists to the area but hold international importance which led to this coastline becoming England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001.

If you are interested in Earth Science, come along to the next Huish Open Event on Wednesday 19th April to find out more about Geography, Geology and Environmental Science courses.

students walking along beach with geography equipment
Students sat on the Cobb wall
Students with a rubbish bag