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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Recent Blog Posts

Remnants of the submerged forest and peat beds at Borth, Ceredigion (Picture courtesy of Geoff Duller, CHERISH Project).
Patrick Robson

Lost landscapes – A glimpse into the past and warning for the future!

The future impacts of climate change – accelerated by human activity – are now widely reported, discussed and largely acknowledged.  All the evidence indicates there will be an increase in the intensity of the earth’s weather systems leading to enhanced storminess, more droughts and flooding, enhanced melting of glaciers and icecaps, and an increase in global sea-levels.  Yet somehow the implications for us personally can often seem remote and difficult to visualise.  However, the Welsh coastline offers us the opportunity to look into the past to see that rising sea-levels are not a new phenomenon.  Dotted around the Welsh and

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Alison James

Bronze Bell Wreck Dive

Bronze Bell Wreck Dive Bronze Bell Wreck Dive Filming dive diaries, looking out to the Bronze Bell site. CHERISH have commissioned MSDS Marine to undertake inspection,

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