Our Year 10 Geography students at Manor House School recently had the opportunity to experience two very different coastal environments as an introduction to their GCSE course. First they visited Portsmouth to see why it had grown into an important economic area, due to the harbour being a perfect location for the Navy, ferries and cargo boats to dock in. Despite the rain, they were able to see how a busy city had grown up around the harbour looking out from the top – or through the glass floor – of the Spinnaker Tower.
Luckily the sun came out for the next stop of the coastal tour at West Wittering beach. The girls saw how local people and the National Trust had worked together to protect this beautiful area from development, maintaining a popular recreational amenity as well as saving important nature conservation sites in the sand dunes and saltmarsh of the coastal feature known as a spit.