The western end of Pagham Beach has changed dramatically during the past few weeks and the current high tides have created more dramatic changes. On Monday the Church Norton spit was breached and the photos below show the break in the spit around high tide. It is hoped that with subsequent tides, the cut will become deeper and lead to a reduction on the effect of the strong tidal flow on 'our' side of the channel. Only time will tell.
Two distinct cuts of the Church Norton spit.
This shows one of the cuts of the Church Norton spit
This photo was taken a few weeks ago...
...but this is today...virtually unrecognisable
The Little Lagoon is now tidal and at high tide an island of dead gorse is surrounded by sea water...the cause of the damage!
The beach has lost a vast amount of shingle and the two trackways have been shortened by dozens of metres.
Taken on Sunday showing folk caught out by the tide on the spit in front of West Front Road properties.