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Stories & Coastal Structures

There are many artificial structures such as sea walls, harbours and breakwaters along our coasts. These are important for many reasons as they often protect our shorelines, give access for fishing boats, provide a place for us to visit and engage in diverse recreational activities and connect us with our maritime heritage. Get involved- map your structures and tell us why these structures are important for you and your community!

Tell us about the structures along your coast!

There are many artificial structures along our Irish Sea coasts, such as sea walls, piers, breakwaters and harbours. Many more are likely to be needed in the coming years to help expanding coastal communities adapt to the sea level rise and extreme weather patterns we are expecting. Existing structures will also need to be modified to remain fit for purpose. To ensure future coastal construction projects are sensitive to nature, we need to learn about existing structures and their role in society and the environment.

Our researchers are looking for interesting facts about structures along your coast. For example, when were they built, and for what purpose? What materials are they built from? How important are they to the local community? This is where you can help!

What information are we looking for?

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Activity

Tell us if and how you use the structures along your coast. Do you go walking or fishing around them? Do you shelter behind them for picnics?

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Facts

Tell us interesting facts about the structures along your coast. For example, when were they built? What material are they built from?

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Value

Tell us what the structures along your coast mean to you. How important are they to the local community? Do you wish they were different?

How to get involved

Start inputting your information to the map now!