Describe the fieldwork and research you would undertake in order to investigate the impacts of coastal development.

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Describe the fieldwork and research you would undertake in order to
investigate the impacts of coastal development.
We visited Minehead, a Victorian seaside resort in West Somerset, and
Dawlish Warren, a tourist Honeypot with a fragile sand dune (SSSI) ecosystem
in East Devon.
We undertook pre-visit research on www.wheresthepath.co.uk to come up with study sites
to collect our quantitative and qualitative data.
Fieldwork:
To investigate the socio-economic impacts of coastalisation at Minehead we:
A detailed land use survey plotted up using GE graph software onto a colour coded
GIS map where we found 32.7% of the built up area of Minehead was devoted to
tourist related land uses.
We piloted our questionnaire to 7 residents and then eventually completed it using
a stratified sample of 40 and found that 87% of the respondents felt tourism was the
key economic activity in the town.
To investigate the environmental and ecological impacts of tourism at Dawlish warren we:
We did a biodiversity survey using quadrat sampling on an undisturbed dune versus
a dune heavily trampled by visitors and found 41% more litter and 29% less
vegetation cover on the heavily used dune.
We conducted a Blue Flag award criteria survey on the beaches and a litter
count along 100m of the strandline of the beach using 31 categories of litter.
In the car park we did a tax disc survey as a crude measure of where the cars came
from and found an extensive sphere of influence stretching as far Glasgow.
Secondary Research:
To investigate the socio-economic impacts of coastalisation at Minehead we:
A geo-demographic statistic profiling of the villages using
www.neighbourhoodstatistics.gov.uk. Deprivation scores and graphs were
produced on a range of socio-economic data including unemployment, housing,
education levels etc.
Crime rates and patterns were measured using www.police.uk-crimemaps since
Jan 2010.
Housing affordability was assessed using property websites such as
www.rightmove.com and visiting local estate agents.
Local newspapers e.g. the West Somerset gazette, news archives on the
internet and local government websites e.g. www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk are
a good source of finding views of local stakeholders.
Websites such as www.Where'sthepath.co.uk can provide old and new map
archives which can then be used to compare and analyse changes to the built up
area.

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