Landslide case studies

The Landslides Team at BGS has studied numerous landslides. This work informs our geological maps, memoirs and sheet explanations and provides data for our National Landslide Database.

Please note the 'See Also' list on the right of all these pages. This is where you will find photographs, PDF reports, papers, useful references and other links.

To view information about a landslide, click on one of the icons on the map below.

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2012 increased incidence of landslides in Britain

Coastal

Aldbrough, East Riding of Yorkshire Aldbrough, East Riding of Yorkshire

Images and information of the rapidly eroding coast at Aldbrough. Terrestrial LiDAR.

Beachy Head, Sussex Beachy Head, Sussex

Images and information of our monitoring study at Beach Head using Terrestrial LiDAR.

East Cliff landslide, Bournemouth, 24th April 2016 New! Bournemouth, Dorset, 2016

Walk over survey of the East Cliff landslide that took place on 24 April 2016.

Burton Bradstock Rock Fall Burton Bradstock Rock Fall, 2012

Geologists from the BGS Landslide Response Team carried out a survey on 26 July 2012.

Cayton Bay,  Knipe Point, North Yorkshire Cayton Bay, Knipe Point, North Yorkshire, 2008

Landslide at Knipe Point where a large landslide is affecting homes at the top of the cliff.

Folkestone Warren, Kent Folkestone Warren, Kent

Information and photographs of the landslide at Folkestone Warren.

Hallsands, South Devon Hallsands, Nr Kingsbridge, South Devon, 2012

The BGS Landslide Team study of the 6 May 2012 event at Hallsands, nr. Kingsbridge, South Devon.

Happisburgh, Norfolk Happisburgh, Norfolk

Images and information on the coastal erosion monitoring using terrestrial LiDAR at Happisburgh in Norfolk.

Hell's Mouth, Cornwall Hell's Mouth, Cornwall, 2011

This landslide occurred in September 2011.
Information and photographs of the landslide.

Lyme Regis, Dorset Lyme Regis, Dorset

A small landslide on the coast near Lyme Regis.

Nefyn Bay, North Wales Nefyn Bay, North Wales, 2001

On 2 January 2001, a fatal landslide occurred in the coastal village of Nefyn on the Lleyn Peninsula.

Landslide at Oxwich Bay, Gower Peninsula Oxwich Bay, Gower Peninsula, 2009

Information and photographs of the rockfall which occurred on the Gower Peninsula in December 2009.

Pennington Point, Devon Pennington Point, south-east Devon coast, 2009

Rare photographs of a rock fall in action as witnessed and photographed by local resident, Eve Mathews.

Porthkerry rockfall Porthkerry, Barry, South Wales, 31 October 2011

A rock fall occurred on the sea cliff at the Porthkerry Leisure Park on Monday 31 October 2011.

Sidestrand, Norfolk Sidestrand, Norfolk

Images and information on the large landslide at Sidestrand in Norfolk. The Landslides Team has been monitoring this landslide using terrestrial LiDAR.

Stonebarrow Hill, Dorset Stonebarrow Hill, Dorset

Images and information on the landslide. Terrestrial LiDAR.

Tynemouth headland Tynemouth headland, 2012

An example of coastal landsliding and rockfall processes.

Whitehaven, Cumbria Whitehaven, Cumbria, 2007

Detailed geological report on a landslide at South Beach in Whitehaven which resulted in a fatality, January 2007.

England

Aldbrough, East Riding of Yorkshire Aldbrough, East Riding of Yorkshire

Images and information of the rapidly eroding coast at Aldbrough. Terrestrial LiDAR.

Beachy Head, Sussex Beachy Head, Sussex

Images and information of our monitoring study at Beach Head using Terrestrial LiDAR.

Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire, 2010 Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire, 2010

The BGS Landslide Response Team made a visit to the landslide on 30 September 2010 to investigate using BGS SIGMA·mobile.

East Cliff landslide, Bournemouth, 24th April 2016 New! Bournemouth, Dorset, 2016

Walk over survey of the East Cliff landslide that took place on 24 April 2016.

Burton Bradstock Rock Fall Burton Bradstock Rock Fall, 2012

Geologists from the BGS Landslide Response Team carried out a survey on 26 July 2012.

Cayton Bay,  Knipe Point, North Yorkshire Cayton Bay, Knipe Point, North Yorkshire, 2008

Landslide at Knipe Point where a large landslide is affecting homes at the top of the cliff.

Chesterfield area Chesterfield area

Report on the geology and landslides of the area around Chesterfield, Geological Sheet 112.

Fenny Bentley B5065, Derbyshire Fenny Bentley B5065, Derbyshire, 2009

Images and information about the landslide

Folkestone Warren, Kent Folkestone Warren, Kent

Information and photographs of the landslide at Folkestone Warren.

Hallsands, South Devon Hallsands, Nr Kingsbridge, South Devon, 2012

The BGS Landslide Team study of the 6 May 2012 event at Hallsands, nr. Kingsbridge, South Devon.

Happisburgh, Norfolk Happisburgh, Norfolk

Images and information on the coastal erosion monitoring using terrestrial LiDAR at Happisburgh in Norfolk.

Hatfield Colliery, South Yorkshire. ©NetworkRail Media Centre Hatfield Colliery, South Yorkshire, 2013

On 12 February 2013, a landslide occurred in a spoil heap at Hatfield Main Colliery and distorted a large section of train line along the Doncaster to Goole and Doncaster to Scunthorpe lines.

Hell's Mouth, Cornwall Hell's Mouth, Cornwall, 2011

This landslide occurred in September 2011.
Information and photographs of the landslide.

Holbeck Hall, Scarborough, North Yorkshire Holbeck Hall, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

The Holbeck Hall Hotel was destroyed in 1993. Information and photographs of the landslide.

Hollin Hill Landslide Observatory, Yorkshire Hollin Hill Landslide Observatory, Yorkshire

Notes, information, photographs and links on the Hollin Hill Landslide Observatory, Yorkshire.

Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

Notes, information, photographs and links on several of the landslides found in the Ironbridge Gorge.

Lancashire landslides Lancashire landslides

Article about mapping landslides on the Rochdale sheet.

Little Hey, West Yorkshire Little Hey, West Yorkshire, 2004

Detailed geological report on a landslide which caused the closure of the A6024 road between Holmfirth and Woodhead Reservoir in November 2004.

Lyme Regis, Dorset Lyme Regis, Dorset

A small landslide on the coast near Lyme Regis.

Mam Tor, Derbyshire Mam Tor, Derbyshire, 2008

The famous Mam Tor landslide, Derbyshire. Photographs, information and references on the site.

Pennington Point, Devon Pennington Point, south-east Devon coast, 2009

Rare photographs of a rock fall in action as witnessed and photographed by local resident, Eve Mathews.

Rothbury, NorthumberlandRothbury, 2012

An example of the impact of a landslide on the local economy.

Shortwood, Pencombe, Herefordshire Shortwood, Pencombe, Herefordshire, April 2014

Images and information on the landslide at Shortwood in Herefordshire.

Sidestrand, Norfolk Sidestrand, Norfolk

Images and information on the large landslide at Sidestrand in Norfolk. The Landslides Team has been monitoring this landslide using terrestrial LiDAR.

Snake Pass, Derbyshire Snake Pass, Derbyshire, 2008

Detailed geological report of a landslide that blocked the A57 (Snake Pass) road between Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir, in January 2008.

Stonebarrow Hill, Dorset Stonebarrow Hill, Dorset

Images and information on the landslide. Terrestrial LiDAR.

Tynemouth headland Tynemouth headland, 2012

An example of coastal landsliding and rockfall processes.

Whitby, North Yorkshire Whitby Landslides, North Yorkshire, 2012

Following the recent heavy rains that have affected the nation in 2012, the BGS Landslide Response Team received reports of two landslides in December on the east side of Whitby, North Yorkshire.

Whitehaven, Cumbria Whitehaven, Cumbria, 2007

Detailed geological report on a landslide at South Beach in Whitehaven which resulted in a fatality, January 2007.

York District York District

A report on the geology and landslides of the area covered by the 1:50 000 scale BGS map of York (Sheet 63).

Scotland

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, 2007

Report on a rockfall on the south side of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, in the early hours of 28 February 2007.

Ben Reoch, Argyll and Bute Ben Reoch, Argyll and Bute, 2012

Geologists from the BGS Landslide Response Team carried out a survey on 10 July 2012.

Glen Ogle, Lochearnhead, Stirlingshire Glen Ogle, Lochearnhead, Stirlingshire, 2004

Detailed geological report on two landslides which blocked the A85 road in August 2004. Fifty-seven people were trapped in their cars and either escaped on foot or by helicopter.

Lockerbie Scroggs Cleuch landslide, Dumfries and Galloway Lockerbie Scroggs Cleuch landslide, Dumfries and Galloway, 2006

Detailed geological report on a landslide which caused a bank to collapse and road closure in December 2006.

Penicuik, Midlothian Penicuik, Midlothian, 2007

Detailed geological report on a landslide on a former mill landfill site in January 2007.

Stob Coire Sgriodain landslide, Scottish Highlands Stob Coire Sgriodain landslide, Scottish Highlands, 2012

On Thursday 28 June 2012 a landslide occurred on the western slopes of Stob Coire Sgriodain by Loch Treig, in the Scottish Highlands approximately 6 km south–south-west of Tulloch Station.

Wales

Banc Dolhelfa, Mid Wales Banc Dolhelfa, Mid Wales

The Mid Wales Geology Club in association with the Central Wales RIGS Group, carried out a walk over survey of the landslide in Banc Dolhelfa in April 2010. 

Nefyn Bay, North Wales Nefyn Bay, North Wales, 2001

On 2 January 2001, a fatal landslide occurred in the coastal village of Nefyn on the Lleyn Peninsula.

Landslide at Oxwich Bay, Gower Peninsula Oxwich Bay, Gower Peninsula, 2009

Information and photographs of the rockfall which occurred on the Gower Peninsula in December 2009.

Porthkerry rockfall Porthkerry, Barry, South Wales, 31 October 2011

A rock fall occurred on the sea cliff at the Porthkerry Leisure Park on Monday 31 October 2011.

International

Chesterfield area Cyprus

Geological overview of landslides in the Paphos District in Cyprus.

Japan Japan

Selected photographs and information of landslides from a recent visit to Japan.

Wang Shan landslide Wang Shan landslide, China, 2012

The BGS landslide response team filmed a landslide event at Wang Shan, China, on 13 September 2012.

Contact the Landslide Response Team

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