Wednesday, 18 January 2017

First dolphin sighting of the year

Dolphins filmed off the Sussex coast, Chichester harbour by fisherman Allen Longland who filmed these bottlenose dolphins 10 miles off the West Sussex coast

The video can be found on South Today

Saturday, 14 January 2017

First seal sighting of the year

Seal sighting reported by Sue B.
My husband and I have just returned from a walk along Worthing front and are thrilled to report that we have seen a seal offshore. It was swimming and coming to the surface about 20/30 meters offshore between Worthing Pier and the Lido. A flock of sea gulls were flying above its head and it 'looked quite young as only 30 inches long and jet black.
Not sure how common this sighting in this area but am keen to find out more about where to view wildlife offshore. Have only been living in the area 6 months.
Very exciting but sorry couldn't get a photo.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Seal at Brighton

A large seal was seen travelling eastward under the pier towards the Brighton marina. Species unknown

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Grey seal

Around 3.00 - 3.30pm today, just after high tide, a grey seal was observed off the beach at Aldwick. It was only a few feet off shore and a clear sightings of the head which was dark grey, quite large and stocky and the top of the heard down to the nose was straight so definitely a grey seal.

It stayed at the surface a few feet from the waters edge, facing towards the shore and looking both above and below the surface and would occasionally submerge and then come back up. It would remain in one place for around a minute or 2 before submerging and then appearing about 50m further west, possibly heading back towards Pagham Harbour as the tide went out or the light faded

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Tim Loughton MP unveils new signage on the nature reserve

Local MP Tim Loughton unveiled the new education and awareness signage on Shoreham Beach Local Nature Reserve - part of the 10 year anniversary of the reserve.

The unveiling commenced at 10.45am on the eastern end of the nature reserve.

Joy Daintree, the chairperson for Friends of Shoreham Beach, welcomed everyone and spoke about the last 10 years of the reserve - and its achievements.
Joy also spoke about the 10 year celebration and the Heritage Lottery Funding that had funded new information signage and also some educational events - some of which have been discussed in previous posts.
Tim Loughton the cut the ribbon and unveiled the new signs.

Afterwards everyone gathered for a press photograph around the signage.
There are seven new information panels - but only one was official unveiled on the day - as the remaining six were positioned at various entrances to the reserve.

The new signage is very eye catching as well as informative and will help raise awareness of this rare and valuable habitat.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Dead whale remains Normans Bay

The remains of a large rorqual washed ashore around at Normans Bay (near Eastbourne). The tail stock section is about 10ft for reference. The remains are very decomposed, mainly skin with not a lot of bone.
The main part of the remains are just east of the Martello tower at Normans Bay. The Council have put warning signs out.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

MCS Great British Beach Clean Event at Shoreham LNR

Friends of Shoreham Beach take part each year in the Marine Conservation Society - Great British Beach Clean
This year the local event was on 18th September, and organised by John Charlish committee member Friends of Shoreham Beach.
Also this year I was able to come along to help with the planned beach clean to provide a deeper awareness and understanding of the global and local problems caused by plastic. The event base was set up alongside the recently constructed boardwalk (which is actually made from recycled plastic)

This included my display stand focusing on why Shoreham Beach (where the event was taking place) was important and how we benefit from the ocean (ecosystem services) such as 50% of our oxygen, freshwater, 15% of food as well as how the ocean moderates our climate and weather. The display stand also provided a focus on local consequences to global issues – such as climate change and sea level rise.

The display stand also included pictures and information from the One World One Ocean Project and Ed the Bear.
I have been send Ed the Bear to scientists around the world to find our about the ocean and ocean conservation which we then share at events and visiting schools using to create links between the local and global, a celebration of the ocean which includes a focus on conservation issues explored first hand. and
This also included local and global examples of plastic debris (including plastic strapping which came from cape fur seals that were entangled in the plastic, plastic incidents around the world including the necklace gifted to Ed the Bear while in Hawaiian islands – made from a numbered scientific leg band from an albatross chick that died from swallowing plastic.
Ed raises awareness of the plight of these majestic birds and also about the dangers to UK sea birds such as fulmar. There was also a big focus on micro plastics – from how large plastics items degrade into spammer items (which can be ingested) and also micro beads and other human sources.

Part of the display also focused on the fact that not everything you find on the beach is rubbish – focusing on ray, dogfish, whelk and similar egg cases that look like they are plastic.
I spoke to the participants about plastic pollution as they gathered awaiting the start of the beach clean. This included explaining about micro plastics and how the smaller items on the beach are often more dangerous to local marine life.

After a briefing by John the participants, armed with a large bags, gloves and grabbers, started the beach clean.
They were divided into two groups, one group which would undertake the finger-tip litter pick survey which would be sent to MCS, the remained cleaned the beach outside of this designated area.
I remained by the stand for a while and spoke to members of the public passing along the boardwalk.

I then headed off down the far end of the beach clean boundary to check up and support the volunteers, as well as answer questions and share information.

I walked back with the last of the volunteers as they returned with their bags of debris and returned the grabbers.
A final chance to talk to participants before the event ended. A large amount of debris was removed from the beach – however there were fewer large items found this time – so maybe the message is getting across. This meant we collected a lot of smaller items of plastic.

We still have to tally up the amount of litter collected and the result of the marine litter survey. The bags of litter collected will be collected for us by Adur District Council. It was a very successful day.