Geographical Association

Join the GA

The leading subject association for all teachers of geography

Wallasea Island Case Study - 'My Story' Career Profiles

My Story - Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon worked for the European Wildlife Division of Defra to design and construct the site at Wallasea between 2002 and 2007. Mark now works on the South Essex Catchment Flood Management Plan team for the RSPB. He specialises in saline wetland habitat creation and advises on their coastal reserves.

'... I've been involved in flood defence, coastal zone management and habitat creation through managed re-alignment and foreshore recharge for 37 years. I often get asked why we want to take away sea walls that are a proven defence against flooding.

A key coastal issue is adapting to sea level rise. The Government and the Environment Agency have accepted that it is not possible to continue to build higher and higher sea walls. More space needs to be made for water by working with natural processes. This is the main purpose of the Wallasea Project: the use of re-alignment to widen the area of intertidal habitat which is good for wildlife and recreation, as well as helping to manage flood risk.

It takes a whole team of people to make a scheme such as Wallasea actually happen, including civil engineers. Without them the design decisions for the defences just couldn't be made ...'

Read more about why Mark is taking down sea walls on the BBC website.

His work featured on the programme 'Flooded Britain' - read more on the BBC Open University website.

The Environment Agency is sponsoring a flood management foundation degree at the University of the West of England. You can find more information about it on the UWE website.

More information about engineering can be found on the Enginuity website.

Comment on this page

Comments made by GA members appear instantly and don't require security words to be entered - make sure you're logged in!   Guest comments will be sent to a moderator for approval.

GA members can add a profile picture and their comments appear instantly

Join the GA

Please complete all fields

Journals - Free Access for GA Members

The Summer 2014 issue of Primary Geography focuses on 'Cor!' geography, celebrating geography's unique ability to link with every subject in the curriculum and combine this with the subject's awe and wonder

The focus of this issue is 'health geography'. Besides the focus articles it includes many articles that will be useful to teachers planning a new key stage 3 for the autumn.

The Summer 2014 issue of Geography

Online Shop - Up to 30% Discount for all GA Members

Collins Junior World Atlas (Third edition)

£9.99 / £8.99 *

Add to basket
<-- -->

Your shopping basket is empty.

Items in basket 0

Basket Total £0.00

View/Edit Basket

* Applies to Full Personal, Group and
Concessionary members only

Resource Finder

Enter a keyword below or click 'advanced search' for more options

Advanced Search

Resources section
  • Visit the Discover the World website for geography resources
  • Find out more
  • Advertisement: Geography Education at the IOE

© Copyright The Geographical Association 2013

Charity No: 1135148 Company No: 07139068

Website design and development by Ledgard Jepson