30. Constantine Bay

Situated on the north coast between Newquay and Padstow.

The beach is wide and 600-700 metres long with an exposed rock platform at the left hand (south) end.

There is an increase in gradient, or natural berm, above the high water line.

The sand is coarse with a slight orange hue.

The active face appears healthy but with some erosion. The Surf Life Saving Club building is situated within the active dune face.

The vegetated dunes appear healthy and wide. There are some swathes of invasive hebe at the southern end of the vegetated dunes.

The Constantine Stream cuts through the back of the dunes, cutting a deep channel, and then onto the beach providing a separation between the northern and southern segments of the bay. This had created a small island dune on the right (north) of the stream.

Christmas trees have been placed on the left side (south) of the stream as a sand stabilisation measure.

On the left hand side (south) there are vertical concrete wall defences followed by a sloping concrete revetment and a low concrete block wall.

Walkover report and photos of 8 March 2022

DW30_Constantine Bay_2022-03-08.pdf

Closed system/sediment starvation. Poor ecological condition. Coastal squeeze. Recreational pressure. Poor interpretation.
Potential Actions
Deliver dune restoration works.
Community Groups
Beach Guardians
Key Stakeholders

None yet identified
CCMA potential
Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA33
SMP Policy Unit: PU33.8
SMP Policies:
  • Present - No Active Intervention
  • Transition - No Active Intervention
  • Target - No Active Intervention
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 33

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