Climate Change & Coastal Heriatge

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

sites recorded
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maritime survey
shipwrecks surveyed
archaeological aerial photographs
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cores sampled

Recent Blog Posts

Aerial view of Ferriter’s Promontory Fort and Castle, where the CHERISH excavation will take place this summer.
Sandra Henry

Ferriters Castle & Promontory Fort Excavation

Introduction The CHERISH team plan to carry out archaeological excavations at Ferriter’s Castle and Promontory Fort once current restrictions allow. The site is located on the Ballyferriter Headland, Dingle peninsula in Co. Kerry. Doon Point (Dún an Fheirtéaraigh) is a long, narrow promontory extending slightly over five hundred metres from north east to south west. Beautiful views from this site include Sybil head to the north and the Blasket Islands to the west. This prehistoric fort is one of 95 coastal promontory forts in County Kerry, and one of 508 such forts recorded around the Irish coastline. Promontory forts are

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