Lia shares her passion for the Poole sand dunes

Lia Bennett, who works for the BCP Council, knows all about Poole’s beaches.

And his in-depth knowledge has been put to good use for a new BBC film about the Poole sand dunes.

Last summer Lia was selected to take part in a short film on coastal management for a new BBC Bitesize series in support of KS3 Geography. Filming took place on the Sandbanks Peninsula, an area considered one of the best beaches in the UK.

As part of the casting process, Lia spoke about her role as a coastal engineer, including how sand dunes play a developmental role in protecting Poole Bay and its world famous beaches.

Lia graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Geography and Geology and an MSc in Coastal Environment Engineering where her research included a specialization in the evolution of sand dunes. She joined BCP Council’s Coastal Erosion and Flood Management Team as a Coastal Engineer in January 2020.

Cllr Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Place, BCP Council said:

“Our Center of Excellence continues to be recognized nationally as a leading authority in coastal management and I am delighted that Lia has been able to showcase her hard work for others to learn from. lessons. Lia’s film is incredibly informative and highlights the brilliant work our Coastal Engineers are doing for our coastline.

“Seafront is one of our five major projects under the BCP Council’s Grand Plan. We will work to enhance what is already recognized as one of the cleanest and most beautiful coastlines in the world.

“I have no doubt that Lia’s inspiring piece for BBC Bitesize will encourage young people to get involved in protecting our beautiful coastline. I am grateful to BBC Bitesize for giving Lia this platform and I hope KS3 Geography students will enjoy studying the subject.

Lia said: “I really enjoyed filming this video for BBC Bitesize. It was a great opportunity to highlight what we do as a team and the importance of protecting our coasts. I hope this will inspire young people to think about a future career in this field.

BBC Bitesize provides support for learners aged 5-16+ in a wide range of school subjects. It also supports the well-being and career choices of children and young people. Bitesize also has hundreds of published lessons to help homeschool students in the UK.

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