Climate Change & Coastal Heritage

CHERISH (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands, and Headlands) is a 6-year European-funded Ireland-Wales project, bringing together four partners across two nations: the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland, Aberystwyth University: Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Geological Survey, Ireland. The project began in January 2017 and will run until June 2023. It will benefit from €4.9 million through the Ireland-Wales 2014-2020 Programme.


CHERISH is a truly cross-disciplinary project aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the past, present and near-future impacts of climate change, storminess, and extreme weather events on the rich cultural heritage of our sea and coast. We link land and sea and employ a variety of techniques and methods to study some of the most iconic coastal locations in Ireland and Wales.


Developing joint good practice guidance

Permanent network of ‘local change’ fixed survey markers 

Enhanced historic environment data inventory

Enhanced palaeo-environmental data Inventory

Seamless onshore / offshore 3D models

Training the citizen scientist

Community excavations on heritage assets at risk

Open access shared web portal

Landowner management plans

CHERISH Progress

So far the CHERISH Project has carried out the following key achievements

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maritime survey
shipwrecks surveyed
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cores sampled

Recent Blog Posts

Edward Pollard

Reencaheragh: a fort with monastic views

Introduction Boats leaving Portmagee taking passengers to the Skelligs pass by Reencaheragh Castle on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. CHERISH began studying the site because it is being actively eroded by the sea and our research has also revealed the importance of the site’s location and its’ multi-period occupation by high ranking families with links to Spain. We are very grateful to the landowner who gave us permission to survey the site in April 2018. The castle is built on an earlier promontory fort at Doon Point near the western entrance to Portmagee Channel. The exposed fort has

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