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Tourism has impacted along the Hengistbury Head and Mudefort Split area. This has resulted in more costal problems.

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Andrew Taylor Hengistbury Head Coursework Candidate Number 8383 Centre Number 58313 Contents Page Number Title 1 Title Page 2 Contents 3 Hypothesis 4 Method 5 Costal Protections 6 Erosion Problems 7 How Erosion Takes Place 8 Highcliff 9 Transect 10 Rubbish 11 Sketch Of Mudeford Spit 12 Hengistbury Head 13 Analysis 14 Analysis 15 Damage Done 16 Cost Vs Revenue 17 Conclusion 18 Evaluation 19 Picture 1 20 Picture 2 21 Picture 3 22 Picture 4 23 Picture 5 24 Picture 6 25 Picture 7 Hypothesis The hypothesis that my group have chosen to investigate is: "Tourism has impacted along the Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Spit area. This has resulted In more coastal problems." Throughout this piece of coursework, I will gather information from sources to either agree, or disagree with my chosen hypothesis. These are the areas that I will be investigating: * Tourist Facilities * Reasons why tourist facilities are needed * The coastal defences * Damage done to the coast - natural and human * Effects damage has done to the landscape * Cost Vs Revenue I am also going to be expanding this hypothesis by also investigating the impact that tourism has done to the Highcliff high street and Highcliff beach area. Method For this piece of coursework, need to gather information to either agree or disagree with my chosen hypothesis. I am going to gather information by going to the Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Spit area. To collect the information there I'm going to be using a number of resources. I will be using a camera to take pictures of the tourist facilities and the costal defences. Also I will do a number of sketches of the landscape to show the damage done by erosion and weathering. I am going to do a land use survey of the shops on Highcliff high street to make a list of the shops that are there. ...read more.

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A number of restaurants and caf�'s were also along the high street and although these would be used by the locals, they would also get a lot of business from tourists wanting a meal out or a quick small meal from the caf�'s. As well as the restaurants and caf�'s, there were also a number of take-away's with a vast range of types of food, also getting a lot of business from tourists. Banks were also very frequent along the high street from all the major chains. These would be used by locals and tourists alike for obvious reasons. There were 2 small supermarkets and a number of other basic food shops like a fruit stall and a butcher's; again these would be used by both tourists and locals. On the whole, the high street was very clean tidy and relatively litter free. This may show that the area is more appealing to older people or adults as it is mainly the younger people that drop litter. From just looking at the high street it is fairly obvious that the shops are aimed at tourists and get a lot of their trade from tourists by looking at the things they sell. A lot of the shops sell souvenirs, postcards beach things. And therefore Highcliff High Street is a very tourist orientated area. So tourism has affected this area due to the wide range of shops selling items that would appeal to tourists, but this also has nothing to do with any extra costal problems. After we had done all we had to do looking at the high street, we moved on to have a look at the Highcliff Beach. We started off by looking at the beach from the cliff. There were a number of coastal defences placed along and on the cliff to stop it collapsing. Although we could still see some evidence of the cliff collapsing in the past. ...read more.

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So overall my hypothesis is neither correct nor wrong as tourism hasn't resulted in more coastal problems, but it has contributed to them along with natural weathering and erosion. Evaluation The data I collected was sufficient to answer my hypothesis. I found that the collection of the data was fairly easy, as I had planned the data that I needed to collect in advance of the visit to the Hegistbury Head area. My results could have been different if I had collected them at a different time. For example if I went back on a summer's bank holiday weekend then there would be more tourists and people around in which case the litter would almost certainly of risen dramatically. Also if I had repeated the study then I would of taken more photographs of the area. Although the ones I did take were enough, I could of taken some more to give further support to back up my answer to the hypothesis. I found that my results were accurate because when I compared them with the other people in my group they were roughly the same with only minor details that differed. I have found also found results that support my hypothesis. For example there were a number of tourist type shops along the Highcliff high street, selling items such as postcards and souvenirs, which are all aimed at tourists. The fact that they are selling these items suggests that they do get a fair amount of business from tourists. This could also knock on to produce more costal problems due to the tourists visiting the area. Overall, if I were to do this investigation once more there would be very little that I would want to change. As I collected sufficient data that turned out to be reliable and accurate as it matched other information that I looked at, including print outs from the Internet and other peoples research. Which all meant that I had collected satisfactory to draw up an accurate conclusion from good, reliable results. 1 ...read more.

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