Saturday, 9 March 2019

Beach latest....

It is sometime since my previous blog and I show below a series of photos taken during the week ending 9th March 2019 starting at the west end of the beach and walking eastwards towards the Yacht Club.
The retaining wall of the harbour entrance is breaking up with rust creating what appears likely to create problems in the near future!
Obvious movement which could lead to a major problem(in my opinion)

Major perforations!

Paper thin in places!

The marker post opposite on the Church Norton side is about to collapse
A closer view...I dont think it will be there much longer.

The old wooden breakwater is becoming more exposed on a daily basis
I've not seen the base of the breakwater in forty years until last week!
Erosion continues to take its toll ....

...and in places the beach crest is only  4 metres from the Little Lagoon

Looking seaward the Church Norton spit is growing again having retracted during the past year or so

..and old (war time) scaffold pipes are being exposed

This concrete marker post which was surrounded by the sea at high tides is now well clear of the tides (as it was originally!)

 The trackway from the old carpark has been reduced in length  but again is well clear of the high tide mark.

Moving towards the 'new' lagoon a 'proper' beach has been created to the south and the properties behind the new lagoon look as safe now as they have been for several years.

The new lagoon has become considerably narrower as the shingle has been pushed in during the recent spring tides

This is groyne 4 which was the subject of major concern  and where the majority of the rock  revetment work took place.    

 These rocks  were vital in protecting properties a few years ago but now?

Looking up at Four Winds 

From the far end of the new lagoon looking westwards

 Looking eastwards from the now almost buried Groyne 1....a real cause for concern now greatly diminished.

The yacht club appears still vulnerable but protected by shingle. 

 East Front Road properties have now greater problems but Arun d.c have had recent work taking place moving shingle to create a barrier towards the 'pipe' end/Aldwick 

A note pinned  to the wall near the Yacht Club beach entrance....

 I agree, as some early mornings are so peaceful that voices can be heard a quarter of a mile away!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Further erosion

The high Spring tides this past week have caused several metres of beach to be swallowed up between the bungalows and the 'old' harbour entrance. Almost all the Sea Kale has now been washed away and the resulting 'cliff face' has become very dangerous especially as the high tide approaches when there is an enormous volume of water scouring the 'cliff' and taking the shingle with it. Keep well away !

Here are few photos taken this morning at low tide.........

Looking towards the Church Norton spit showing how the tide is scouring the spit very close to where the proposed 'cut' is to be and in the foreground one of the last remaining new shoots of Sea Kale about to go over the edge.

This photo was taken on Saturday morning showing the barrier at the end of the track to indicate the danger immediately ahead

Taken from the same position this morning ...barrier gone in the night....

Below...the walkway now hanging over the edge, which at high tide could prove hazardous. 

Another view of the scouring on the opposite bank with the presumed WW2 defences in the foreground which have recently been exposed.

Much of the Valerian is fast disappearing over the edge!

A panoramic shot of the entrance

A closer shot showing the huge build up of shingle and the narrow waterway into the harbour.

Also a big build up of sand/sediment by the 'wall'.

But, a nice find...wild honeysuckle by the base of the old hide.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Pagham Beach estate...a new approach!

What a great idea 

For the past few days a kind soul has been working hard to improve  the appearance of the 'island' leading to Harbour Road and Lagoon Road.

Work in progress.
What a great idea! Thank you.

This morning at 6.30 I noticed  person  walking the low tide mark in the harbour channel with a GPS on his back.
 Forty five minutes later, at 7.15  a site meeting appeared to be taking place at the 'old' harbour entrance....interesting!

Panoramic shot....Bognor on the left...Selsey on the right of photo.

Another panoramic showing West Front Road bungalows on left , the newly formed lagoon and the the main outfall channel from the harbour.( Need to view large on large screen to see properly)

During the past few weeks erosion has continued unabated and exposed a huge amount of metal work...presumably WW2 relics.

 I am pleased to note that the RSPB has put up notices regarding the danger of the toxic caterpillars of the Brown Tailed Moth which have now stripped all the blackberry foliage and are foraging for food in gardens and  crawling up walls and even coming indoors.

Close up ...showing the thousands of prickly hairs!

Blackberry bush near the Lagoon.....stripped of foliage.
Typical of hundreds of similar bushes on the Spit.