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This seminar was held to explore the origins, present state and possible future of Chesil beach, Dorset. It was held at Melbury House, Dorset, by kind permission of Ilchester Estates, the owners of a large proportion of Chesil Beach and the Fleet.

Attendance at the meeting was by invitation only and included many people with a direct interest in the area. Around seventy people participated in the seminar.

The meeting consisted of three presentations from leading scientists in the field followed by a chaired discussion. The seminar was chaired by Professor Denys Brunsden.

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The Programme

Introductions

   Welcome to Melbury House. Ben Jones, Ilchester estates

   Background to the meeting. Ed Harland, Chairman, FSG

   Introduction to the meeting. Denys Brunsden

The formation of Chesil beach. Malcolm Bray, Portsmouth University

Beach dynamics and current monitoring. Andy Bradbury, Channel Coast Observatory, National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton

Break and posters

The future of Chesil Beach. Nick Lyness, Environment Agency

Chaired discussion

Meeting closure. Ed Harland, Chairman, Fleet Study Group

Malcolm Bray Andy Bradbury Nick Lyness FSG100 audience