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Freiston: Shore Managed Realignment - FD1911

The main outputs of this monitoring programme has been the two R&D Technical Reports FD1911/TR. This report outlines the final year of site monitoring in 2007 and surmises site development based on the previous 2002-2006 monitoring report. The first report describes the aims and objectives of the managed realignment and provides full detail of the monitoring techniques and methodologies employed in the five year monitoring programme carried out at Freiston.

The reports provide an account of site change following initial breaching, through monitoring key indicators of development such as vegetation establishment and accretion rates and to compare these to the existing, surrounding salt marsh as a measure of success. The research will assist in future realignment schemes, and associated monitoring, by considering the balance between available resources and the need to understand the processes associated with salt marsh establishment. It is intended that Defra and Environment Agency staff, coastal managers, partners, and researchers may use learn from Freiston, and use it as a model for future work.

To ensure a comprehensive monitoring programme is undertaken at the largest management re-alignment scheme to be progressed in the UK. This will provide a record (archived at the Environment Agency) of the impacts of the scheme on the local environment.

To collect the data to enable future research on understanding the physical processes of a managed re-alignment to be based on actual schemes. This will allow coastal managers to pursue sustainable flood and coastal defence management options and to aid the design and implementation of future realignments.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Freiston Shore Managed Realignment   (147k)
• TRP - Technical Report : Wash Banks Flood Defence Scheme Freiston Environmental Monitoring 2002-2006   (7726k)
• TRP - Technical Report : Wash Banks Flood Defence Scheme Freiston Environmental Monitoring 2007   (1436k)
• TSM - Technical Summary : Freiston Shore Managed Realignment   (66k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2007

Cost: £186,470
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environment Agency
Coastal Defence              
Environmental Protection              
Flood and Coastal Defence              
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management