Coastal saline lagoons and the Water Framework Directive (NECR039)
A number of coastal saline lagoons in the UK have been identified as ‘water bodies’ under the Water Framework Directive. This means that there is a requirement to develop type-based classification tools to help assess their ecological status. This study was commissioned by Natural England to inform future work of the UK Technical Advisory Group and Marine Task Team in developing a national consistent approach to the assessment of lagoons under the Water Framework Directive.
On Widewater Lagoon, a pair of Mute Swans escorted six small cygnets, and three Bar-tailed Godwits probed repeatedly in the mud on the shore edge.
Godwits seem to be only a recent visitor to
the lagoon and
I have not recorded before the winter of 2012-13.
A push-net shrimping expedition off Southwick Beach, caught a meal of Brown Shrimp, Crangon crangon, plus some large venomous Lesser Weevers, Echiichthys vipera, as well as a few Solenettes (Slipper Soles), Buglossidium luteum and 5-Bearded Rocklings, Ciliata mustela.
21 April 2013
Another Dolphin (or the same one as before?) was seen in the entrance to Shoreham Harbour.
14 April 2013
by a weak sunshine and the welcome signs of a long awaited spring with
my first Swallow flying
low over the Adur mud flats seen from the southern end of the old Footbridge.
Later two adult Wall
muralis, poked therir heads of the carnot
wall of the Old
Beach.. They were a bit tentative and skittered
back into their holes in the wall when they got nervous, but the second
lizard popped back out again about ten seconds later. The west facing wall
was heated by the sun (at 13.0 °C)
The air temperature reached a high of 16.1 °C at 4:00 pm. This was easily the highest of the year so far. (This reading seems like an anomaly.)
Shoreham Weather 2013
Met Office: Shoreham
I spotted by first reptile of the year: a single sandy coloured Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis, skittered over the south facing wall of the Old Fort, Shoreham Beach.
There was still some snow on the ground out of town and the downs were covered in a white carpet. Even on the beach there was snow to be seen above the high tide mark.
black Brent Geese
where a male Kestrel
landed on the beach side of the car park near the bridge. A Meadow
Pipit perched on a chestnut fence. At
least one Teal
swam on the lagoon.
We were amazed to see a Painted Lady Butterfly flying north past Shoreham Old Fort while out birding; our first butterfly of 2013.
Coastal Reports 2011
Adur Weather 2013
World Oceans Day 2012
Old Fort Plants
Marine Life Reports 2010