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View westwards across Poole Harbour entrance with Sandbanks Peninsula in the foreground, 2001. Drift is complex along this frontage due to the effects of Hook Sand and the East Looe flood tidal channel a short distance seawards. The beach naturally loses material north eastwards to Poole Bay (to the right) and westward to Poole Harbour entrance (to the left). Intense erosion beginning in the 1980s led to the construction of the rock groynes in 1995 that have promoted accretion and have improved beach stability.