Adur Marine Life Reports
Coastal & Intertidal     2018

 Reports from the sea, shore and coast, including Widewater Lagoon


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.

Web Page (pdf)

Link to information about World of Widewater (Community Friends Group)
Friends of Shoreham Beach
World of Widewater
(Community Group)
Friends of Shoreham Beach
(Community Group)

Widewater Lagoon Page


8 June
Adur World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events occurred all around the world on and around this day.

Adur World Oceans Day

United Nations: World Oceans Day.


Coastal Reports 2019 (Link)

25 October 2018


15 October 2018

Wall Lizard

The sun warmed the air (19.2 °C) in the afternoon, and prompted the Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, on and around the carnot wall of Shoreham Fort. Nineteen separate lizards were noted in sizes from juvenile to adult. This was a fair showing and the best since March 2017. A Little Egret was seen feeding on a goby at Silver Sands.
Adur Lizards & Snakes & Amphibians

4 July 2018

 Childing PInk, Small Copper Butterfly, Rock Samphire
Sea Heath, Hawkweed Ox-tongue

The grass was brown and parched and some flowers were wilting as the dry period continued. I saw my first Small Copper Butterfly of the year over the pebbles and gravel next to Widewater Lagoon. A Burnet Moth flew around without a pause, and whilst trying to find the Small Copper for a photograph all I spotted was a Small Skipper, two Meadow Browns, two Gatekeepers and frequent Large Whites. On Widewater Lagoon the pair of Mute Swans were accompanied by one large cygnet.

Sea Heath

Three adult Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, skitted over the carnot walls of Shoreham Fort. Blown about in the breeze, here was one double Childing Pink amongst a dozen plus flowers and a hundred plants with dead heads and Hare's Foot Clover on the very parched Silver Sands. The Kidney Vetch had ceased flowering. The tidal defence scheme involved depositing builder's sand next to the Childing PInk area. However this sand is coarser than than the silver sand. It has not yet been colonised by plant life.

26 June 2018

Sea Heath with Sea Spurrey

10 June 2018
An adult Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis, skitted across the vegetated shingle and right up to the top of the carnot wall of Shoreham Fort. On the shingle by the fort there was a large expanse of Viper's Bugloss.

Wall Lizard, Viper's Bugloss, Tree Mallow
Starry Clover, Viper's Bugloss
Shoreham Fort Beach

7 June 2018

Shoreham Beach (East & West)

4 June 2018

Shoreham Beach Central

3 June 2018

Shoreham Beach East

It was the first time I had seen an adult Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis, from an isolated patch of mixed vegetation on the shingle, but still on Shoreham Fort land at the far eastern end of Shoreham Beach. On a sunny breezy day the most noticeable plants in flower were large expanses of Red Valerian, abundant diminished Sea Kale, patches of Thrift, the upright Tree Mallow, clumps of Oxford Ragwort and Curled Dock, with occasional Common Mallow, the calyx seeding stage of the ground-hugging Starry Clover and occasional spikes of Viper's Bugloss and Yellow-horned Poppy. At the eastern end of the beach, there were still stands of Silver Ragwort which were budding with flowering imminent.

There were multiple reports of the shallow sea turning brown, probably caused by an algal bloom of Phaeocystis pouchetti.

2 June 2018

Painted Lady

A Moderate Breeze (Force 4) blew the shingle plants around on Shoreham Beach to my distraction. The same south-westerlies may have helped my first immigrant Painted Lady of the year into the shelter of the swathes of Red Valerian on the pebbles east of the Church of the Good Shepherd. Whilst searching of this colourful butterfly, I chanced upon half a dozen Silver Y Moths fluttering around the nectar flowers.
Adur Butterfly List 2018

Shoreham Beach West

11 May 2018

Bird's Foot Trefoil
Thrift, Sea Kale
Sea Campion
Widewater Margins

My first male Common Blue Butterfly of the year visited Bird's Foot Trefoil on the Widewater shingle margins.

6 April 2018

Wall Lizard

On a day the weather forecasters predicted to be warmer than it actually was my first reptiles of the year were a couple of Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, by Shoreham Fort. With a wind chill and blustered about by a steady Force 5 from the east, I did not feel inclined to search for any more.
Adur Lizards & Snakes

24 March 2018

Pintail on Widewater

A duck was seen on Widewater in the afternoon. I did not recognise it immediately in poor light at the eastern end in the middle of the lagoon, so a Pintail is unlikely to be a regular visitor to Shoreham. I have not recorded one before.
Pintail SOS status: Fairly common winter visitor and scarce on observed passage; occasionally summers and has bred.

20 March 2018
An Avocet is spotted on the exposed waterlogged mud of Brooklands Boating Lake. The Avocet is a rare visitor to the lower Adur Valley and local shores.
(SOS: Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant; scarce and localised breeder in Sussex)

Photo Report by Sarah Reeve
13 March 2018
The weather was pleasant enough to spot my first bumblebee of the year, a Buff-tailed Bumblebee visited a flower shop in Lancing.

A Kestrel hovered over the Tamarisk at Widewater.

1 February 2018
Wrapped up with gloves and a woolly hat, I cycled the circular route to Lancing and back, via Shoreham Beach where the large lorries had churned up the shingle above the high tide mark of Shoreham Beach Nature Reserve, probably obliterating two scarce plants for Sussex, namely the Sea Rocket and Ray's Knotgrass.

Red-breasted Merganser 

On Widewater a householder spooked a female Red-breasted Merganser into rapid flight from the shallow eastern end of the lagoon. Three minutes later a Kestrel flew rapidly over with a large item of prey in its talons.
Four Mute Swans occupied the island at the eastern end with a Little Egret foraging around the margins. A further two Swans were on the water by the bridge.

Fencing around Brooklands Lake made it a rather unattractive place to visit, although the diggers for the remedial work were not active. Fresh water from the Teville Stream ran rapidly over the small weir and into the lake. The rippled water hosted a Moorhen and a Coot.

25 January 2018

Sawbills at Widewater Lagoon South Lancing
Photograph & Comments by Robert North

Left to right was a female Red breasted Merganser followed a male. At the top, a male Goosander was followed by a female.

14 January 2018

Sponge-covered Scallop

On a cool (air temp 4.0 °C - 8.2 °C with wind chill) clear day there was very little wildlife of note. Lignite washed ashore on the strandline of Shoreham Beach where a sponge-covered scallop stood out amongst the strands of seaweeds.

12 January 2018
In the early afternoon these were no notenworthy birds on Widewater. Just a Turnstone foraging on the shingle edge of the sea nearby.

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Widewater Page

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