Death Defying Trip to the Seaside

Death Defying Trip to the Seaside

After a shaky start, experiencing the bus journey from hell in strong winds, we arrived at Winterton-on-Sea.

With our equipment at the ready, the biologists and geographers, trekked up the sand dunes, taking measurement after measurement at intervals of ten metres. These ten metres were harder to measure than we had expected but before long we had our collected data on the sand dune characteristics, from embryo to heath land.

By this time, everyone had more of an interest in what was for lunch rather than the fieldwork itself. This caused the majority to head off for lunch whilst the heroic remaining four carried on the measurements. Leonie, Tom, Peter and Cyrus continued to evaluate the heath land but came to an abrupt halt as they reached someone’s back garden, instead of the expected woodland. After devouring our lunch, we braved it back onto the bus and headed towards Sea Palling.

Off Shore Reefs At Sea Palling
After our splendid trip to the sand dunes we went to Sea Palling to observe the coastal defences put in place after the tragedy of the 1953 floods. We were able to see the offshore reefs and the landforms these inadvertently formed such as tombolos and bays.

We had just enough time to beat the tide, giving us a chance to walk down the tombolos towards the reefs.

The starfish and ice-cream finished off the trip nicely, before heading back to Cambridge, ready to analyse the data collected.