Winton School Andover Hengistbury Head

14 Winton students and 2 members of staff travelled to the south coat to complete a series of geographical investigations along Southbourne Beach close to Hengistbury Head.

The purpose of the trip was to evaluate to what extent coastal management in the area is effective. During the trip, we visited a number of sites along this stretch of coastline. Students gained first-hand experience of how the coastal system works and how different types of coastal management contribute to maintaining our beaches.

At each site, we measured the width of the beach, the beach profile (the steepness of the beach), the size of the pebbles (beach morphology) and also the frequency and size of the waves landing on the beach. Gathering this information will allow students to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the coastal management techniques used along this stretch of the coastline. Students also had to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each form of coastal management. To do this, students reflected on aspects like cost/ life span and appearance.

We all had our lunch on the beach near sand dunes close to ‘long groyne’. This site provided us with a panoramic view across Poole Bay. After such a long walk across the coastline, the respite from all the hard work that had been put in during the morning was greatly enjoyed by all.

After lunch, we moved around to Mudeford spit and completed our investigation next to some of the most expensive beach huts in the world (some of these cost in excess of £200,000). We then travelled onto the headland itself and made our way back to the coach whilst enjoying the spectacular views across both Christchurch and Poole Bays.

Mr Paul George Geography teacher said, “Everyone really enjoyed the opportunity to get ‘out and about’ in our local region and to study geography at close quarters”.