AS Geography: Jurassic coast conflicts

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Dan Grist
Key conflicts at the Jurassic Coast
Studland bay Honeypot; too much tourism?
Owned by the National trust and is a SSSI nature reserve. On summer bank holidays, 35,000
visitors can arrive on one day! This causes many problems:
Cars with congestion
Litter which can prove dangerous to birds and people
Feet trample the sand dunes, which are an important habitat for rare insects and
reptiles e.g. the endangered sand lizard. Embryo dunes are particularly vulnerable.
The swash from fast jet skis and boats damage sea grass beds
Noise from water/jet skis disturbs wildlife, both on land and at sea.
Boscombe artificial reef: the Newquay of the south coast?
Boscombe was a dilapidated, run down seaside resort and a rebranding scheme was put in
place to attract surfers, which spend 8% more than other tourists.
A £1.4 million artificial reef acting as an offshore breakwater to create 13 feet waves was
planned which would double Boscombe's current average of 77 good surfing days per year,
and could attract 10,000 surfers a year. The council expects it to earn £10 million annually,
and create 60 full- and 30 part-time jobs.
They also plan to spend £9 million on new waterfront apartments and sport/leisure centres.
They hope to make it more upmarket as a holiday destination and therefore attract more
investments from the tourism industry.
Portland: To quarry or not to quarry?
Portland is rich in biodiversity and has a population of around 13,000. There has been
permission for a new quarry to open in the cliffs around Portland.
On one hand, Stone firms Ltd say that the 140,000 cubic metres of stone that can be
excavated will be worth around £77,000,000 and the project will guarantee 80 jobs.
However, stakeholders such as the Dorset Geologist Association are concerned about the
stability of the cliffs after the project. It would also create visual pollution and disrupt
the biodiversity along the cliffs.


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