We have had some horrendous storms, a constant barraging this winter and when I took the dogs for a walk at a regular haunt, Norby Beach at Sandness, I could see the extent of the damage that had been done.
EROSION. Coastal erosion at its worst. I was shocked. This is a beach I have walked or ridden along for many years. I have never seen it look so eaten away.
This is the Melby end. I’ve never seen the red rock that appeared over night before. At first, as I approached, I thought it had been put there by man (sometimes boulders are used for coastal defence) but no, a huge quantity of sand had been washed away from this end and these new rocks had appeared. I think they are red sandstone (but am happy to be corrected). Over 20 foot of sand had gone and was still leaving.
So we walked to the other end, crossing the two burns that flow onto the beach. The other end was no better either.
This field fence is moved a few yards back every year and the sea was becoming more and more encroaching.
It felt like giant savage bites were being taken out of the beach every time there was a storm. It must be very depressing owning this field as every year it is eaten away and every year it must be re-fenced (no easy job).
This beach is changing fast. It used to be either sandy or stoney and that was the extent but now it’s whole shape is being altered at a frightening speed too. There used to be more dunes, a path at the top you could ride along, and far more of the actual beach visible but now, on not an even particularly high tide, the water is nearly right up to the grass. Scary stuff.