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.
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.
World Oceans Day
United Nations: World Oceans Day.
Two pods of dolphins were seen off Widewater beach, Lancing just before sunset (8.30 pm). The first pod of four to six dolphins were seen feeding three or four miles out from the western end of Widewater and travelling westwards. Simultaneously, another pod of four to six were seen to the south-east (east of the last wind turbine) breaching and swimming eastwards amongst the net marker buoys at the same distance from the shore. The sunset was followed by a Partial Lunar Eclipse that started about an hour later.
26 June 2019
Viper's Bugloss had taken over as the dominant plant on the shingle above the high tide ridge on Shoreham Beach West, its blue spikes exceeding all the other vegetation by mass. On a humid breezy afternoon, on the Widewater flood plain, one spike was visited by my first definite Painted Lady Butterfly of the year.
Bugloss, Yellow-horned Poppy,
Ivy-leaved Toadflax, English Stonecrop, Silver Ragwort, Sea Heath
Shoreham Beach West and Widewater Flood Plain
25 June 2019
Vetch, Biting Stonecrop, Hare's Foot Clover,
Melilot, Black Horehound
Silver Sands, Shoreham Beach
There were well over a hundred Childing Pink flowers amongst the Hare's Foot Clover on Silver Sands, Shoreham Beach. Great Lettuce and Fennel was growing nearby, but had not yet flowered.
7 June 2019
Silver Ragwort, Rock Samphire, Sea Campion
Southwick Beach is submerged on a high spring tide and the sea pounds against the concrete of the Shoreham Harbour private road. Terrestrial flora is mostly settled in cracks in the tarmac and small patches of shingle landward of the harbour wall. On a breezy rainy afternoon, the dominant species was the newly flowering Silver Ragwort in excess in bulk of all other vegetation but with notable amounts of Yellow-horned Poppy, new growths of Tree Mallow, leaves of Rock Samphireand Sea Kale, straggly Sea Beet, the last flowers of Sea Campion, patches of past their best Kidney Vetch, clumps of Buck's-horn Plantain, swathes of Thrift on the shallow soil in front of the beach huts,and a few other common waste ground plants.
6 June 2019
Kale, Tree Mallow,
Yellow-horned Poppy, Red Valerian, Vipers Bugloss
Shoreham Beach West
The sea pushes the pebbles up to a ridge at west Shoreham Beach, with a gradual reverse slope down to the road and houses. This reverse slope is stable (not battered by the waves) and supports a flora of large colourful shrubby plants: Sea Kale, Tree Mallow, Silver Ragwort, Yellow-horned Poppy, Red Valerian, Vipers Bugloss and Hoary Cress in flower, as well as Slender Thistle and Common Poppies.
Shoreham Beach West
Bugloss was particularly attractive to frequent
A handul of small long-tailed Ichneumon-like
sp, all skulked over the flowers
of the ground-hugging Creeping Cinquefoil.
A Silver Ragwort hosted a colony of Black Ants.
Adur Bees & Wasps
22 April 2019
Fauna on the Widewater flood plain
amongst the Red Deadnettle
and other dense vegetation on the Widewater
flood plain was identified as my first ever Ruby
Tiger Moth, Phragmatobia
fuliginosa. It was strongly inclined
to hide and I could not get a photograph. I underestimated the Brown-tailed
Moth nests before and I counted at least
twenty on the Blackthorn.
I also spotted a Hairy
18 April 2019
Brown-tailed Moth nests with Caterpillars
By the Widewater car park, the Blackthorn showed no trace of flowers or leaves and the adjacent Hawthorn was in leaf and budding. It was on the Blackthorn mostly that the Brown-tailed Moths had built about a dozen nests housing scores of caterpillars which will feed on the interlocking Hawthorn.
3-spined Sticklebacks could be seen darting to in the surface water of the lagoon on a sunny afternoon. And the Little Egret spotted one as well.
10 April 2019
the sun cast strong shadows, the local young Common
Seal hauled on the slipway on Kingston
Beach and just lazed around at high tide for
at least a couple of hours in the afternoon. In the chilly north-east breeze,
the seal attracted
about a dozen visitors at any one time including children at half term.
8 April 2019
Seal on Kingston Beach
Photograph by Sean Stones
At Kingston Beach I enjoyed great views and opportunities for photographs of the local Common Seal.
23 March 2019
A Common Seal was spotted on the shingle beach at Southwick.
14 March 2019
escaped from the gardens and has begun successfully colonising the beach
near Ferry Road, Shoreham. It looks reasonably attractive but it could
25 February 2019
Lizard at Shoreham Fort
Photograph by David Verrall
25 January 2019
A crew of well over fifty (counted) House Sparrows congregated to feed on a vegetated part of Shoreham Beach to the east of the Church of the Good Shepherd on a misty murky day.
21 January 2019
Making short flights on and around the carnot wall of Shoreham Fort, the male Black Redstart rarely kept still for more than a few seconds and it was very small in the viewfinder through the 500 mm telephoto lens.
Redstart originally inhabited stony ground in mountains, particularly
cliffs, but since about 1900 has expanded to include similar urban habitats
including bombed areas during and after World War II, and large industrial
complexes that have the bare areas and cliff-like buildings it favours;
in Great Britain, most of the small breeding population nests in such industrial
areas. It will catch passing insects in flight, and migrants often hunt
in coastal tide-wrack for flies or tiny crustaceans. Its quick ducks of
head and body are robin-like, and its tail is often flicked.
Black Redstart (wiki)
Redstart typically flicks from one perch to another and, as it does
so, will momentarily reveal the glorious red plumage at the base of its
Redstarts are insectivorous and will be found in places where there is
most insect activity. This is why rocky beaches are good places to look
Black Redstart (more info.)
Pipit kept out of camera range
Meadow or Rock Pipit
20 January 2019
A male Black Redstart has made a prolonged visit to Shoreham Fort. Sussex Ornithological Society record it as a rare resident, scarce passage migrant and very scarce winter visitor.
8 January 2019
Gannet off Shoreham
Photograph by Edward J Chitty
There were many Gannets just after nine in the morning between Widewater western causeway and Lancing Sailing Club, only 20-30 metres off the beach. I could hear them hitting the water!
In the afternoon, I located a shoal of fish by a patrol of over twenty Cormorants actively diving under the surface 100 metres off Widewater. They were accompanied by even more gulls.
Mute Swan on Widewater
Two adult Mute Swans remained on Widewater, yet to chase away the three cygnets (looking like adults), offspring from last year.
A company of over fifty Gannets have been seen diving into the sea after fish off Shoreham Beach where shoals of Herring have been reported.
near Widewater Lagoon
Photographs by Mikey Unsted
Report by Dawn Ayres
on World of Widewater facebook
visited gardens near Widewater. I am not sure if it is a visiting Ring-necked
Parakeet or an escaped captive bird?
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