Beach Replenishment Scheme 2005-2007

Phase 1

Bournemouth beach replenishment (BIS4.1)

Work on Bournemouth’s fourth Beach Improvement Scheme (BIS4) started on 18th January 2006 at Double Dykes, Hengistbury Head and moved westwards, finishing east of Boscombe Pier on 18th March.

Bournemouth beaches were due to receive approximately 600,000 m³ of new sand; the 726,101 m³ recorded as pumped ashore allows for various factors (find out more).

Bournemouth statistics

Bournemouth (BIS4.1)



Cubic metres*

Metric tonnes*


Total pumped ashore






*The Crown Estate apply a factor of 1.5 to convert cubic metres of sand to metric tonnes, and 1 metric tonne = 0.984206528 long (British) ton.

About the Project

The beach material used on Bournemouth’s beaches was selected to match that naturally occurring on the beaches, i.e. a sand & shingle mix at Double Dykes and getting progressively sandier towards Boscombe.

Two dredgers operated – Ham 311 and Waterway until 9th February when Waterway left, bound for Rotterdam. HAM 311 completed the project, and in the early hours of Sunday morning, 18th March, she too departed Poole Bay for Rotterdam.

Project progress was recorded in a Daily Diary


A second contract to complete Bournemouth’s beaches during winter 2006/07 will replenish from Boscombe Pier westwards to the boundary with Poole, using beach material dredged from a Licensed Dredging Area to the east of the Isle of Wight.

About Bournemouth’s Beach Improvement Schemes (BIS)

Before & After Replenishment pictures