Shoreham-by-Sea and District, West Sussex, England
25 November (3) 1999 : Volume 1 Issue 6
Building work is still continuing
on inner western arm of the harbour entrance adjacent to the Training Wall
(next to the Old Fort rock pools) as well as on the new gas-fired power
station for Shoreham
Mussels on Southwick Beach have been pronounced unfit for human consumption (nobody was daft enough to eat them - there is a nearby long outfall sewage outlet with primary treatment only) because of contamination by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from the old coal gas works (probably), closed over 20 years ago.
I would not be surprised if they tested for toluene, they would discover this cancer- inducing agent as well.
In view of the numerous oil spills in the harbour and the out-flow pipe that pumps the canal water into the sea, I would not guess at the origin of PAHs from the Gas Works, but I would put the first guess of the contamination from recent oil spills. The possibility of oil taint is the reason that the local mussels are disdained.
The upshot is that the beach will now be littered with more warning signs. there are already dangerous rocks, underwater obstructions, sea water quality, surf-boarding restrictions etc. So if you step on a Weever! (common here in some years) ...
The Marine Conservation Society Clean Beach Scheme voted Southwick beach as the most debris-strewn beach in the whole of Britain. It certainly receives an assorted collection of French fishing gear, and refuse lobbed overboard from ships leaving the harbour, as well as overflowing litter bins* from local beach goers (there is a steady stream of locals going over the lock gates to the beach throughout the summer). Because it is not an established tourist beach, responsibility for cleaning it up was not defined.
* Excellent litter facilities are now available.
Not in itself particularly unusual for this beach, but together with small Hermit Crabs, in Netted Dogwhelk shells, and small Hairy Crabs, and the first Dogwhelk I had seen since 1982, the cumulative effect was a bit of surprise of the frequency of life on the beach. Oysters, cockles, carpet shells, Grey Topshells accompanied the abundant mussels and winkles. Limpets were very common. Some of the chalk had broken up and a few empty shells of the Piddock, Barnea candida, lay scattered around.
Little Egret foraged in the shallow pools between the mussel beds with
a solitary Redshank. The Cormorants were fishing, but the Red-breasted
Merganser disdained such activity, and just stood at the edge ot the tidal
stream and watched the river flow by.
Rolling Downs and Combes
the white rock before the South Saxons,
storms destroying the beech grove,
Word of the Month
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1703 A great storm shattered the town of Shoreham. This major storm of 26 November caused destruction on the English Channel coast of England killing over 8000 people.
1724 In just over 100 years the longshore drift had deflected the harbour entrance 3 miles to the east of New Shoreham.
Below is a famous reconstructed map of what Shoreham is meant to have looked like before the sea wreaked such destruction. The image is larger than is shown on this hypertext file.
Another hypothetical reconstruction
(based on soil samples) is at the following site:
One way the longshore drift could have been prevented for a long time, would be if an island or sand bank was present offshore. AH (conjecture).
1781 The wooden bridge over the River Adur at Old Shoreham was built, replacing a ferry. The bridge was rebuilt to a similar design in 1916 and up until 1971 was the main A27 road for all traffic passing through Shoreham. The bridge is in continual use by pedestrians and cyclists throughout the day.
Shoreham Lifeboat Station
Shoreham Airport Society
Shoreham Rowing Club
Shoreham Sailing Club
at Truleigh Hill
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