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River mouth and gravel barrier at Cuckmere Haven, 2001. The valley of the Cuckmere river at its mouth forms a small embayment flanked by chalk cliff headlands. Gravels have accumulated within the bay tending to deflect the river mouth eastward such that training structures have been installed to stabilise the inlet and gravel recycling is undertaken. The former estuary has been reclaimed and the tidal river was embanked to protect a low-lying flood plain. A portion of the flood plain close to the inlet has been identified as a potential site for controlled inundation to create intertidal habitats.