A large channel has opened in Chesil Beach following flooding.

The channel is in front of Burton Mere - an inland stretch of reed-surrounded water, trapped between Chesil and the mainland - located between Burton Bradstock and West Bexington.

The channel cuts into a large section of the iconic Dorset beach and is bordered by steep walls of shingle.

Whilst it is not unusual for these types of channels to form on the coast, this one is noted to be 'unusually large', potentially because of a very wet winter including recent flooding. 

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A spokesperson for the Jurassic Coast Trust said: "A dynamic coast indeed. A large channel has been eroded in Chesil Beach this winter, in front of Burton Mere, possibly as a result of flooding.

"These kinds of events are known to occur, but the scale of this feature is unusually large. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the structure of Chesil Beach.

"It may well naturally 'heal' itself as the sea continues to move the shingle, but only time will tell."

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