In the third round of funding (autumn 2014) Touching the Tide awarded four grants totalling £8 252:
As well as working with Suffolk schools throughout the three years of Touching the Tide, Suffolk Wildlife Trust have also been running "Wild Beach".
Love your coast? There are lots of ways to help us look after this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Touching the Tide is excited to be working with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) on a Beachwatch project in schools.
Some lucky people in Dunwich got to see peat that had not seen the light of day for approximately two thousand years, the time of the Iron Age.
In 2013, the damp meadows of RSPB Hollesley Marshes were transformed into a wetland paradise teeming with wildlife.
We've had two fantabulous rounds of drop in art workshops at Ipswich Museum and Ipswich Art School run by Tidal Margins.
Our shingle beaches may seem commonplace to us here in Suffolk but shingle that is stable enough to support plants is rare.
A new shipwreck has been found off the coast of Dunwich.
You may remember that during the Barber’s Point archaeological dig last autumn we were excited by the discovery of this skull with symmetrical holes.
by Bill Jenman, Touching the Tide Project Manager. If someone asks what we’re about, I always talk about East Lane, Bawdsey.
This part of the coast was eroding rapidly, threatening two houses and the historic Martello Tower. Previously, the Government simply paid for coast defences, but by 2009 there was much less public money around so the new rock armour was partly paid for by innovative “enabling developments.” Twenty-six new houses were built in areas where they wouldn’t previously have been permitted, with the profits going to fund the new defences.
But there again…
So what do you think?
Different people (original residents, owners of the new homes, beach visitors, archaeologists) will all have a different viewpoint.
If you now understand this complexity, but still have your own view, Touching the Tide has done its job. Next time coastal change comes up, in the pub or in a formal consultation, please take part in the debate and help to shape the future of our changing coast.