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.


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 largee 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. Freshwater 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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