SCOPAC are contributing £15,000 towards the monitoring of a trial which aims to place
sand on the seabed and allow natural processes to push it onshore to replenish the
beaches in Poole Bay.
Poole Harbour Commissioners will provide the sand from maintenance dredging of Poole
Harbour entrance, thereby recycling the sand back into the system, rather than dumping
Poole Borough Council £15,000 contribution (2014)
Poole Bay Nearshore Replenishment Trial
The Sand Motor (or Sand Engine) concept has been widely used in the Netherlands since
the 1990's given that it is cheaper and less intrusive compared with traditional
beach renourishment approaches (The Sand Engine: a solution for vulnerable deltas
in the 21st Century?Coastal Dynamics 2013). The works at Poole Bay will be of national
importance given the Sand Motor concept has never been trialled on beaches in the
A grant of £130,000 for the placing of the sand will come from the Environment Agency.
SCOPAC are supporting research and monitoring with a £15,000 grant subject to £60,000
from the Environment Agency Research and Development fund.