Annual Erosion Survey Shows ‘Nothing Alarming’ In Scilly

coast survey teamA group of marine scientists surveying Scilly’s coastline for signs of erosion are finishing their annual monitoring exercise today on St Agnes and Bryher.

The data, which they have been collecting from all of the inhabited islands since Saturday will be analysed back at the Plymouth Coastal Observatory.

Group Leader Emerald Siggery says initial indications are that there hasn’t been significant change since the Valentine’s Day storm in 2014.

Most beaches haven’t altered this winter, except on St Martin’s, where Emerald says the face of the dunes look steeper.

Some parts of the UK including South Devon and the East Yorkshire coast have faced significant erosion.

The most noticeable loss of land in recent memory here on the islands has been near Buzza and on the Peninnis side of Old Town Bay. But Emerald says their initial look this year has shown “nothing alarming” in these areas.

Emerald says the data that they’ve been collecting and sharing since 2008 is of value to decision makers in Scilly, particularly the Council and Wildlife Trust.

And while funding ends next year, at the 10th anniversary of the project, Emerald says a continuation for a further 5 years is “looking promising.”



3 Responses to Annual Erosion Survey Shows ‘Nothing Alarming’ In Scilly

  1. Jeff Eastick September 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I am afraid this was always liable to occur following the removal of so much aggregate many years back , as there seems less of Bar Point every year we visit. When we stayed at Holy Vale in the late 60’s and early 70’s(when it was still a guest house) , we spent many days at Bar Point and it covered an area many times the size of today’s Point.

  2. mainland visitor September 2, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Best spot on the island in my humble opinion. Spend all my holiday just sitting there everyday So tranquil

  3. oldlocal September 2, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Did they visit Bar Point? Its gone back about another 10 feet again in the last year. At the present rate of erosion there wont be any point left in a few years.