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Analysis of The Maer at exmouth, coursework

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Introduction - The Maer, Exmouth Exmouth is a popular holiday spot situated in Devon, along a lovely piece of coastline. Exmouth is a thriving area and is very popular with tourists during the summer seasons. The town host events all through the year and caters not only for the incoming tourists, but for its local community of around 35000 people as well. The Maer is a large, green open public space along Exmouth seafront. It was once a shallow lagoon but then in later years was converted into a large pitch and putt golf course. However the golf course was demolished a few years back and since 1992 The Maer has been a local Nature Reserve. It hosts over 400 species of plants, many of which are rare. The land at The Maer is made up of grassland and sand-dunes, perfect for all sorts of activities including; dog walking, jogging, football, picnics and barbeques. It has good access to Exmouth town centre and plenty of car parking spaces. There are many good amenities nearby including toilets, caf�'s and an amusement arcade. I visited The Maer on Monday 16th march 2009. I went with an aim to explore the area, and to help myself answer a Hypothesis I had set myself during class work. I also set myself 3 key questions that would help me in answering my Hypothesis. I decided to set my hypothesis against developing on The Maer as I did some research before I went, and found out how much of a popular area it is. Hypothesis: The Maer should not be developed as it is a popular and valued space for the local community and environment. 1. Do locals and tourists use and enjoy The Maer? 2. What is the land already used for at The Maer? 3. Which areas of The Maer are used the most? I also did some fieldwork to help me gather evidence supporting my hypothesis. I did questionnaires, pedestrian counts and a land use map. ...read more.

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People use The Maer least for barbeques. This is because the weather and season have to be just right to have one whereas you can walk your dog or go for a run in any conditions. 19% of people questioned used The Maer for football as it is a flat space in which no-one is being disturbed, so it is ideal. You can gather information from both charts from the secondary fieldwork that say people use The Maer frequently and daily for dog walking. Fig.6- Bi polar analysis I completed the bi-polar analysis whilst I was at The Maer. Both locations had good access which is very important if a place is used frequently. Both locations had a wide appeal. For example the actual Maer can be used for dog walking, football; jogging and the car park could also be used for such things if it was not busy. The car park is very flat and certainly man made but also very large and practical for its purpose. The Maer is quite natural and hasn't been built upon. It is a nature reserve and hence it is multifunctional. The analysis is biased because it is only my opinion. The Maer may also look different if I carried out an analysis at a different time of year, for example if I carried it out in summer there would be more people and it wouldn't be quiet or even as attractive if there were too many people. Q2. Management Features Black netting The black, plastic netting is placed on the cliff side to hold the marl in place, where the cliff is steepest. It is also disguised on beach to hold sand in place. Sand and marl cover the top of the netting, so therefore it does not look obvious or ugly. However the feature does not work very well. It is not secure enough, and the small grains of sand and marl are still washed away by the wind and tide. ...read more.

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All of the evidence I have collected goes towards supporting my hypothesis. The Maer is used daily by the local community for their day to day activities and is the centre of a very close community. The Maer is one of the only open, green spaces left in Exmouth and is the perfect environment that many people need in their day to day activities, i.e. dog walking or jogging. It is a safe area for children to play away from many busy roads and is also kept very clean by the local council and people. This shows that people both respect and value the area. Without The Maer a community loses its sporting amenities. Also many houses situated above The Maer would have their lovely views out to sea blocked by any building that was built onto The Maer. Management Features for the Future 'Sustainable' Sustainable means something that is continuous without damaging the environment or economy. Also something sustainable does not affect people in a bad way. 'The Future' There are different options to choose for future management techniques at Exmouth: 1. Do Nothing! Let the natural processes happen, such as erosion and weathering etc until a new balance is achieved. This is not a sustainable technique though and Exmouth would suffer extensive flooding and damage if the coast was left natural. 2. Maintain the Hard Defences. Keep looking after and investing in the management features already in place. E.g. sea walls and groynes. A very expensive option. Groynes cost �5000 each and only have a limited life. A sea wall also costs �10,000 per meter and would also need high maintenance. However they are very effective features and are working well at the moment. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Natural Manmade Quiet Noisy Uneven Flat Attractive Ugly Lots of wildlife No wildlife Poor access Goodaccess Lots of people Few people Multifunctional Single use Wide appeal Narrow appeal Litter count Litter Location1- Car Park Location 2- Sand Dunes Key =Cigarette = Bottle/ Can = Food Packet = Gum Wrapper = Other ...read more.

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