Coastal Change at Abereiddi
Coastal change is inevitable, and the forces of nature are part of the beauty and appeal of our coast. Here at Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire we are working with others to adapt to natural processes.
There are few places in Pembrokeshire that feel the power of the sea more than Abereiddi. Since the deteriorating sea wall was removed in 2012, the pace of change has sped up dramatically. During the winter storms of 2014 we saw overnight land losses of more than five metres.
The beach is realigning itself most rapidly at the National Trust -owned north end, as modelled by a study that the Trust helped commission with Pembrokeshire County Council.
The erosion is also resulting in the partial loss of the quarry worker cottages. As hard sea defences at this location are not sustainable, we've surveyed the site before the most historic remains were hit by the storms. Following the survey work, we've dismantled the seaward end of the cottages, making the material available for local conservation projects.
The changing face of Abereiddi
The old sea defences, which had been built on slate waste tipped onto the beach, were forever being undermined by the sea
Back to nature
The sea wall was removed in 2012, returning a more natural look to the beach
The beach reaches the quarry cottages
We’re working with the community and other organisations to find solutions to help adapt to this change