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A spotlight is being shone this weekend on climate change and rising sea levels accelerating coastal erosion in Barra and Vatersay.

A series of drop-in sessions on both islands will help inform the work of a four-year project being developed to test marine and land-based approaches to managing coastal change in a way that benefits local communities and the environment.

The project is being developed jointly by Barra and Vatersay Community Ltd. and Voluntary Action Barra and Vatersay. It is being rolled out in conjunction with the Resilient Communities - Resilient Coast research project by Glasgow Caledonian University and the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews.

The drop-ins on Saturday and Sunday aim to tap into the local knowledge and skills of Barra and Vatersay residents in dealing with problem sites and past coastal management practices.

The events are open to all to learn more about the local project and share local knowledge about land and marine coastal change. The drop-in sessions are being held as follows:

Saturday, February 24

Vatersay Hall, 10:00 – 13:00 (Soft-play area will be open, and all children are welcome)

Garadh a Bhagh a Tuath, 19:00 - 21:00 (Children welcome; colouring activity will be provided)

Sunday, February 25

Barra Learning Centre, 12:30-15:00 (Children welcome, colouring activity will be provided)

Vatersay residents can also attend the Vatersay Association meeting on Saturday, which is being held in Vatersay Hall at 14:00.