We thank Anthony Kirkham for the feedback on our paper published in JSR (Lokier and Steuber 2008) and for the opportunity this provides to clarify the points raised in his discussion and further strengthen our arguments.

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The deflated beach ridges mentioned by Kirkham lie landward of our section. The Holocene transgression associated with these ridges peaked between ~ 6,000 yr BP to 4,000 yr BP (e.g., Evans et al. 1969; Kinsman and Park 1976; Teller et al. 2000; Williams and Walkden 2002; Evans and Kirkham 2005). Peak transgression is inferred to have been...

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