East Head Adaptive Management
East Head is one of the fastest moving sand and shingle spits in the United Kingdom, and one of the last surviving pieces of natural coastline in West Sussex. The sand dunes of East Head are important features at the entrance to Chichester Harbour, which are used for recreation by many thousands of walkers and tourists. East Head is owned and managed by the National Trust
East Head is an example of the nationally rare and fragile, yet dynamic, sand-dune habitat. Walk, play and sunbathe on one of the best beaches in Sussex, while up at the north end you can enjoy watching sailing boats and may also spot the occasional seal. It is also a very fragile environment.
The Hinge - the point of the dune system that connects it to the land is currently under threat. This is of great concern to local people and Chichester Harbour Conservancy, who has agreed the first steps to be carried out to reduce the risk of breaching the delicate part of the sand spit known as The Hinge. The document outlining these steps is the East Head Coastal Management Strategy.
The overall strategy is based on "Adaptive Management" which involves taking steps to achieve equilibrium between the sea and the land with a workable strategy to avoid a breach at The Hinge, and to maintain public access to East Head. The strategy is being developed and overseen by the East Head Coastal Issues Advisory Group (EHCIAG) who held a recent exhibition in West Wittering to explain proposed work on The Hinge.
Follow these links to read the documents displayed at the exhibition:
- Summary leaflet East Head Exhibtion handout
- EHCIAG Adaptive Management Action Plan V1
- Pagham to East Head Coastal Defence Strategy 2008
- EHCIAG Frequently Asked Questions
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