Year 12 geographers’ coastal investigation in Dorset

On 26th November the Year 12 geography class went on a geography residential trip aimed at completing our fieldwork which was based on the investigation of coastal erosion in Dorset. To do this we travelled to Nettlecombe court, Dorset which facilitated our geographical study and helped us improve our method collecting skills. Once we had arrived we were allocated rooms and then ventured out to Minehead where we conducted our research on the effectiveness of the coastal management along the beach.

We stayed in Exmoor National Park which is a dark skies reserve so in the evening we were able to stargaze and could see the Milky Way.

On the second day we carried out our main investigation which was to examine how longshore drift affected the morphology and sediment size along Porlock Bay. The weather was challenging; however we persevered and even managed to eat our lunch under an emergency shelter, which boosted our spirits and allowed us to continue with our investigation. We then embarked on a hike up the cliff which was extremely impressive as we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the bay.

After recovering from the cold weather, we enjoyed some recovery time and consolidated our data collection in a lesson. Overall this was a very enjoyable experience as were able to collect our data and complete our investigation but also to see the beautiful UK coastal landscape in person.

By Huda, Asiili and Beyan Year 12