Beach is a shingle spit about three miles long, separated from town of
Shoreham-by-Sea (Sussex) by the River
Adur, which been has deflected eastwards by the
drift over the centuries. Wood and rock groynes have been installed
to stabilise the moving shingle and to minimise erosion and prevent flooding.
was washed up dead on the beach by Brooklands Boating Lake, east Worthing
near the Lancing border. It was 1.5 metres long (adults attain a length
of 2 metres).
of forty Crows
alerted me to a small wreck of Starfish,
rubens, of several hundred were washed
up on the strandline opposite the Burrells
road. There were a frequent egg cases of
the Lesser Spotted Dogfish, Scyliorhinus
canicula, a few Whelks,
undatum, as well as the usual wreck
and Slipper Limpets, Crepidula
of Shoreham Beach (FOSB)
the high spring tides the sea seeps under the shingle
and forms a temporary seawater lagoon in a Lancing garden near the shore
flew around over Lancing Beach near Lancing Sailing Club ready for its
and heavily marked specimens of the Large
White Butterfly were frequently seen,
especially around the Sea Kale
on Lancing Beach.
Butterfly List 2008
too late in the year, I checked out the Childing
nanteuilii, at Silver Sands on Shoreham
Beach, and I saw just the one wind-damaged flower being blown about in
flew hither and thither over Ferry Road on Shoreham
Beach. A Burnet or Cinnabar
Moth fluttered rapidly over the shingle
vegetation near the Old Fort.
the shingle above the high water mark adjacent
to Widewater Lagoon, there were very frequent
to common (probably over a hundred) clumps of Viper's
Bugloss dominating the vegetation in the
area by the Beach Huts. A few clumps of Lesser
Burdock and a single flower of Spear
Thistle was seen amongst a clump, with
Thistle blown about in the breeze and
Carrot was recorded for the first time,
although it seems likely it has been in flower for several weeks and just
not noted down. There was one clump of flowers photographed on the above
left and identified as Feverfew.
Wild Flowers 2008
a dozen Common Blue Butterflies were
seen fluttering over the Bird's Foot Trefoil
on Shoreham Beach near the Old Fort, and a Large
White Butterfly in the same area. No Wall
Lizards were seen on the walls of the Old
Fort, despite the sunshine.
Butterfly List 2008
past Lancing Beach Green, I must have
seen at least 70 Crows
on the grass and beach huts and possibly more.
in flower noted for the first time this year on Lancing
Beach shingle and surrounds included Viper's
Bugloss, Opium Poppy, Yellow-horned
Poppy, Silver Ragwort and Slender
Thistle. The seed heads of Goat's
very noticeable on the borders of the shingle and cyclepath. And Tree
Mallow by a gate marked Lancing Point
to the west of Lancing Sailing Club. The sole butterfly
seen on the day was a Large White
in the same area as the Tree Mallow.
male Common Blue Butterfly
fluttered over the expanses of Bird's Foot
Trefoil, with plenty of Sea
Kale, Ivy-leaved Toadflax and
flower with Sea Campion, Scarlet
Pimpernel, Sow Thistle, all
prominent on the Widewater
plain near the pipeline inlets. Small
White Butterflies were frequently seen
amongst the flowering Sea Kale
and the occasional Large White was
Valerian was particularly impressive in
swathes on the shingle on the seaward side of
the road from the Church of the Good Shepherd, on the Lancing-Shoreham
Butterfly List 2008
the Old Fort, Shoreham Beach, the fleeting glimpse of a Wall
muralis, skitting into the undergrowth
next to the sun-baked south-facing flint surround wall was the first of
the year. Sea Kale and
Mallow were in flower
near the Old Fort. These plants had probably been in flower for a few days,
perhaps even a week or longer before I noted them. A clump of flowering
Foot Trefoil was seen on the shingle to
the west of the Old Fort, but a few metres before the houses.
Valerian was prominent on Shoreham Beach
and Sea Thrift
was noted just east of Lancing Sailing Club for the first time in the wild
over Lancing Beach Green.
pair of Tufted Ducks
swam on Brooklands Boating Lake, with
a few of the usual Mallards
all the snow had melted on the shingle. My
first immigrant Wheatearof
the year flew over Lancing Beach Green.
the storms and the report
of a mass stranding of Common Starfish,
rubens, on Brighton Beach, I inspected
the strandline on Shoreham Beach. All along the strandline there was a
greater number of hundreds of thousands of Slipper
Limpets and tens of thousands of Whelk
egg balls amongst the usual mixed shell
collection including Whelks
and Oysters and
frequent lumps of Tertiary Lignite (sea
coal). One Undulate
Ray eggcase looked in good condition and
was placed in an aquarium in case the embryo was still alive. There were
a few dozen dead Starfish
at the Old Fort, but not the hundreds reported from Brighton
qualify as nationally newsworthy a Starfish
stranding must be in tens of thousands.
on the beach in Kent (March 2008)
Marine Life Reports
small Danish Scurvygrass,
recorded in flower in several places on Shoreham Beach.
clump of Spring Starflower,
uniflorum, (an alien species) was blown about in the gusts to Gale
9 on Shoreham Beach. There were several
clumps of Wild Turnip,
rapa, (possibly arable escapes) scattered
about on the shingle.
upwards of fifty Turnstones
resting on a single syenite rock groyne on the shore south of the eastern
end of Widewater at high tide.
all the wood has now been removed from Shoreham Beach. It was all stacked
up in a large pile on the Old Fort land.
the recent storm there was a mass stranding
on Lancing Beach east at low tide.
I braved the chill westerly breeze and found the usual 'Mermaid's
Purses' Dogfish Eggcases
(including three with embryos seen inside), Ray
and white sponges, Whelk
shells and eggcases Buccinum, and
also hundreds of dead sea
anemones, including dead and alive Snakelocks
viridis. and larger Dahlia
Anemones, Urticina felina.
containing the eggs or young of the Lesser-spotted Dogfish,
canicula, were found lying amongst the timber
and seaweed debris on the strandline of Shoreham
Beach. A Meadow Pipit
hopped around the beach huts on the shingle bank south of Shoreham
Beach Green and then rose and flew away with
its characteristic pipit flight.
from the Greek-registered Ice Prince,
which sank about 26 miles (42 km) off Dorset after a storm on 15
January 2008, began getting washed up on Lancing
beach in the evening of 19 January 2008
tonnes of pine planks littered the local beaches from 20
January 2008. The usual debris was on the
including an Undulate Ray, Raja
undulata, eggcase illustrated above.
It measured 67 mm long and 48 mm wide. A few Pineapples
were also washed up.
Marine Wildlife News (Winter 2008)
debris was washed up on the strandline of Shoreham
beach with Whelk
egg cases, cuttlebones,
egg cases and wrecked fishing pots
and tiny juvenile scallop
Wildlife 2007 (Link)