Sands of Time Title
This site provides detailed information on the sand dunes of the Sefton coast in North West England
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Coastal Change
A History
  Physical Forces
Growth & Erosion
Future Change
Managing Change
Primary Succession
Model of Succession
The Strand Line
Embryo Dunes
Mobile Dunes
Blow Outs
Semi-fixed Dunes
Fixed Dunes
Dune Slacks
Dune Heath
Vegetation/Soil Data
Studying Succession
Pine Plantations
Project Objectives
Project Partners
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Introduction to Coastal Change

The Sefton Coast, north west England, extends over 35.5 kilometres (21 miles) and comprises soft and granular estuary deposits of sand, silt, clay and peat. There are no outcrops of rock on the shoreline. The dune coast extends for 17 kilometres in length, and between a few hundred metres and 4 kilometres in width.


The forces of nature readily mould the shoreline which is constantly changing in response to the fluctuating influence of wind and water and as a result of human activity. Its overall shape derives from two major estuaries, the Mersey and the Ribble. Two other much smaller rivers, the Alt and Crossens, each have important local zones of secondary influence.

For more information about this project email at Liverpool Hope University.
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Liverpool Hope University worked with English Nature and the
Sefton Coast Partnership to implement the Sands of Time project.