Link to the Adur Nature Notes 2006 web pages
 Adur Flood Plain
 Chalk Downs
 Coastal Fringe
 Intertidal (Seashore)
 River Adur Estuary
 Lancing Nature Blogspot
 Sea (off Sussex)
 Town & Gardens
 Widewater Lagoon
 Garden Bird List 2006



Seashore: Southwick to Worthing, including Shoreham-by-Sea and Lancing

    Quiz: what is it? Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?
    Most of Shoreham Beach is shingle giving way to sand which is visible at low tide. Groynes prevent longshore drift from the west. 

In the entrance to Shoreham Harbour, there are artificial rocky* shores at Kingston Beach near the Lighthouse, and at the Old Fort beach on the other side of the River Adur(* Larvikite, a type of syenite). These new rock groynes have now been extended the full length of Shoreham Beach and as far as Lancing Beach Green (May 2003).
Black Sea Bream (Photograph by Andy Horton)

A young Black Sea-Bream
 Spondyliosoma cantharus


Link to Intertidal 2007

19 December 2006

More, about sixty, small Goose Barnacles, Lepas anatifera, were discovered on a piece of wood stranded on Shoreham Beach (Ferry Road). 
Conger (Photograph by Dave Mason)
9 - 10 December
A two metre long Conger Eel, Conger conger, was washed up dead on Shoreham Beach after the gales. 
Report and Photograph by Dave Mason

29 November 2006
About a hundred small Goose Barnacles, Lepas anatifera, were seen washed up attached to a broken plastic fish box on the strandline of Shoreham Beach (Ferry  Road access) after the recent southerly gales. 

Goose Barnacles
This is the first time I have seen them washed at Shoreham in over 25 years, but I expect they have been washed up and unrecorded before on frequent occasions. 
There were the usual millions of Slipper Limpet shells, frequent Whelk and Mussel shells, seaweed and cuttlebones etc. 
BMLSS Barnacles

15 August 2006
A morning low tide visit to the beach by the Half Brick (East Worthing) was not very fruitful and the only fish of note was a baby pipefish discovered by Katherine Hamblett. Althought it was too small to be positively identified it was probably a Worm Pipefish, Nerophis lumbriciformis, which was unusual this far east up the English Channel, but it is increasing being discovered along with the Daisy Anemone, Cereus. The largest of the local chitons, the mollusc Acanthochitona crinita was discovered on the underside of a rock. 
BMLSS Rockpooling
Chiton Kas Hamblett

13 August 2006
Drizzle coincided with the low spring tide as the warm weather gradually came to an end. The rocks on Kingston Beach overlooking the sea below Chart Datum were covered in green Enteromorpha weed and potentially treacherous (i.e. slippery) and access was tricky, which may explain a small but varied haul in the prawn net of occasional medium-sized Rock Gobies Gobius paganellus, some very tiny first year Corkwing Wrasse, Symphodus melops, and one small first year green Ballan Wrasse, Labrus bergylta
Full Report

16 July 2006
Lancing Beach at low tide produced very little but there were two Butterfish Pholis gunnellus, under the rocks, (most of which were too tightly wedged down to be lifted) and a Short-legged Spider Crab, Eurynome aspera.
Full Report

14 July 2006
A Little Egret was probing as the low tide receded past the Chart Datum gauge on Kingston Beach in the early morning (8:00 am), and there were scores of large prawns Palaemon serratus, and a variety of the usual common fish and crabs, including the first Long-legged Spider Crab, Macropodia rostrata, of the year.
Full Report

16 June 2006
Two Little Egrets were feeding on the mud and water edge as the tide came in on Kingston Beach.
The Edible Crab Cancer pagurus, Spiny Spider Crabs Maja squinado, and Velvet Swimming Crabs Necora puber, collected for Adur World Oceans Day were returned to the sea.

15 June 2006
The River Walks TV company with Charlie Dimmick filmed on Lancing beach (at the Shoreham end near Widewater), referred to as Shoreham-by-Sea, featured shrimping with Peter Talbot-Elsden (British Marine Life Study Society).

The documentary focuses on the River Adur and will be broadcast in October 2006.

10 June 2006

Photograph by Andy Horton

Adur was one of the UK leaders in presenting an environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham, as part of the Adur Festival.

Adur World Oceans Day 2006 was bathed in a heatwave, but the show was over before the warmest day of the year so far was recorded as the air temperature measured 25.8 ºC at 5:40 pm. The crowds were concentrated in the morning because of the dubious alternative afternoon attraction of England versus Paraguay in the World Cup 2006
Len Nevell with the Spiny Spider Crab John Knight and Kathy Eels on the Strandline Table

Len and Wayne Nevell and Samantha (British Marine Life Study Society), and Marc Abraham (PETS) presented the lobster and large crustacean display, Andy Horton (BMLSS) with the rockpool aquaria, John Knight and Kathy Eels (West Sussex County Council Rural Strategy Unit) with the strandline display, David and Marion Wood (FOWL) with the shingle flora photographs, Dee Christensen (Nature Coast Project) with the help of the Beach Wardens, Steve Savage (Sea Watch Foundation) dolphins exhibit and ORCA (Organisation Cetacea), the national cetacean group based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Images 2006

Shoreham Beach Nature Reserve was declared at Adur World Oceans Day 2006.

8 June 2006
By Lancing Yacht Club the Mackerel were jumping out of the shallow water and thousands of very small fish from 25 mm long were stranded all over the pebbled beach

   Report by Pat Bond (Duke of Wellington PH)

1 June 2006
A Worm Pipefish, Nerophis lumbriciformis, was discovered underneath a large rock on Kingston Beach, the first discovered in this location. This fish is unusual (scarce or rare) from the Sussex coast. It is the only the second one I have discovered, the previous one was found at Worthing six years ago. 

This elongate fish is very easily hidden and may occur more often than it is found. On a 1.4 metre low tide, the shallow seas fauna showed more variety than expected with Sea Gooseberries transparent in the sea and only noticed when they appeared like globules in the prawn net and one small shoal of Pollack fry numbering about fifty and each small fish only 34 mm long. 
Full Report

BMLSS Pipefish
Marine Life of Sussex

31 May 2006
Solenette Diogenes Hermit Crabs

One day later, the junior shrimp net was repaired with a bolt and a wing-nut and there were over a hundred Brown Shrimps off Lancing beach (east Widewater), a handful of South-clawed Hermit Crabs, Diogenes pugilator and a colourful Little Cuttle Sepiola, a small Solenette Buglossidium luteum and flatfish fry.

British Marine Wildlife Gallery (flickr)

30 May 2006
My junior (metre wide) shrimp net broke under the weight of loose mixed seaweed off Lancing beach (east Widewater) and there were just two Brown Shrimps, an isopod and a South-clawed Hermit Crab, Diogenes pugilator.

Brown Shrimp

BMLSS Prawns & Shrimps
BMLSS Shrimping

23 May 2006
After the gales of yesterday, I was blown about by a Strong Breeze (Force 6) looking to see if anything interesting had been washed up on the strandline. Seaweed was being washed in with every roller, mostly kelp, mostly Sea Belt, Laminaria saccharina,  and large deposits were made at the Old Fort beach, but there did not seem all that much more than normal on the strandline along the rest of the Shoreham Beach.

10 May 2006
A  "fleur-de lis" Portumnus latipes small crab was caught in a shrimping net in the sandy shallows of the sea off Widewater, Lancing. This was on a neap tide. 

17 April 2006
Two large adult venomous Lesser Weever, Echiichthys vipera, fish were captured in the shrimp net on Southwick beach at low tide, with a 5-Bearded Rockling, Ciliata mustela, (this latter fish have been caught plentifully by anglers recently). 

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

Common StarfishThe rockpooling season started late this year because of inclement weather. Under the first boulder turned near Chart Datum on Kingston Beach two small Common Starfish, Asterias rubens, were seen. These echinoderms are only occasionally seen between the tides in Sussex. 

British Marine Life Study Society



15 April 2006
At 6:00 am, the Peregrine Falcon was making a tremendous racket (a sound once heard and never forgotten) on the Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney whilst I was shrimping. In the swell, I caught a pint of Shrimps

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden
5 March 2006

A shrimping expedition (push-net) to the sandy shallows of Southwick beach produced four small Sand-eels, Ammodytes tobianus, but these were so small that most of these elongate fish would have escaped through the netting. Small fish fry, probably 5-Bearded Rockling, Ciliata mustela, were caught in the net as well. 
Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

29 January 2006
A Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, had washed up dead on the beach west of Grand Avenue Worthing West Sussex, and the fish was beginning to smell a bit. 

NB: Triggerfish are a southern warm water fish that reach their most northerly point of distribution in the English Channel and some of the fish may die of cold during the winter months.
Marine Life Reports (Sussex)
BMLSS Triggerfish

Adur World Oceans Day
    Rockpooling Page
    Zonation on the Shore

    Longshore Drift

    Longshore drift occurs as a result of wave action. Propelled by the dominant south-west winds1 the wave (the swash) hits the shingle beach and moves the pebbles obliquely up the shore and the backwash returns the pebble at right-angles, the following waves repeating the process so that the pebbles gradually move along the shore. The larger pebbles are to be found higher up the beach as the swash is more powerful than the backwash. On Shoreham Beach the Environmental Agency interfere with the natural process by moving large amounts of shingle back to where they were washed away from, to protect the housing developments on the foreshore. 

    1The prevailing winds over Britain are from the south-west. These propel the waves on to the shore on both sides of the English Channel. However, on other coasts the prevailing winds blow out to the sea and the dominant waves that crash on to the shore come from other directions, e.g. from the north-east on the North Sea coasts, causing longshore drift from north to south.

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