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Canford Cliffs, 1994. Formerly eroding cliffs have been protected by a seawall and esplanade throughout Poole Bay (built in the 1980s at this site, but earlier elsewhere). The cliffs remain free to erode and weather by sub-aerial processes and slowly become colonised by grass, heath and scrub. Sandy sediments formerly released by cliff erosion are now impounded and unavailable. Beaches have steadily reduced in volume over the 20th Century due to the loss of this input. In recent decades, beach replenishments have replaced natural cliff input as the means of sustaining beaches.