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Coastal Groups comprise all the key partners in coastal management - principally the coastal managers from maritime Local Authorities, Ports Authorities and the Environment Agency. Other interested organisations, such as Natural England and English Heritage, will also be members.

They are voluntary groups with significant influence. They do not receive funding from central government but are resourced through a range of mechanisms generally involving membership contributions.

There are seven strategic coastal groups in England, as prescribed by Defra in March 2008, each of them formed with regard to local coastal processes and River Basin Management Plans:

North East Coastal Group

St Abb’s Head to Gibraltar Point

East Anglia Coastal Group

Gibraltar Point to Thames Barrier

South East Coastal Group

Thames Barrier to Selsey Bill

Southern Coastal Group

Selsey Bill to Portland Bill

South West Coastal Group

Portland Bill to Hartland Point

North West England & North Wales Coastal Group

Great Orme to Solway Firth

Bristol Channel Strategic Group comprising:

Hartland Point to St Govan’s Head

Severn Estuary Coastal Group

North Devon & Somerset Coastal Advisory Group

Swansea Carmarthen Bay Coastal Engineering Group

Ynys Enlli to Llandudno Coastal Group

Geraint Edwards

Cardigan Bay Coastal Group

Coastal group boundaries are not coincident with national boundaries and, following coastal process principles, the strategic groups need to consider issues beyond the English borders.

Regional Coastal Groups - update December 2008 (pdf, 74kb)

Coastal Groups of England report March 2008 (pdf, 81kb)

and appendices (pdf, 31kb)

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Coastal Groups of England

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See also:

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) formed in 2012 and encompassing Havant Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council, Gosport Borough Council and Fareham Borough Council