The focus of this scheme is to restore optimum beach sediment levels – this is known as a beach recharge or beach nourishment. Sand or shingle is placed on a beach to create a higher and wider beach. This will absorb more wave energy and protect the land behind.
The advantages of a beach recharge are that the beach retains its natural look and continues to be an attractive asset for both residents and visitors. One of the disadvantages is that over time sand and shingle wash away so the process needs to be repeated over time – the most recent beach recharge in Swanage was in 2005/6.