The Minsmere Nature Reserve is owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Suffolk, England. The reserve is internationally designated as a Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area and Ramsar Site (wetland of international importance). It is located on one of the UK’s fastest-eroding coastlines. But resisting coastal change through hard-engineering is often not the most sustainable solution. Therefore, the Minsmere Flood Risk Management Scheme was developed to allow natural coastal change to occur while protecting the majority of the freshwater features.
Black & Veatch developed a business case for the solution, which was identified through close working with Natural England, the RSPB, the Environment Agency and other stakeholders. The solution was to allow the most at-risk coastal defenses to continue to evolve under natural processes in one area whilst protecting the majority of the freshwater site against coastal flooding.