Sunday, 17 January 2016

Common seal river Adur, Shoreham.

Another common seal sighting in the River Adur, between the Airport footbridge and flyover
The sighting was reported by Joe Lines between 1:30 and 3:00pm

Joe said he was amazed to see the seal looking so content and even seemed to enjoy the attention from people on the river bank.


Seals are very curious animals, especially where they feel
All photos copyright Joe Lines 


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Common Seal River Adur


Another sighting of the common seal in the River Adur.

This was forwarded by Sam (below is a picture taken by her husband) at 4.00 pm opposite the wooden heron on the sandbank opposite Ricardo' s

Sadly no natural spot pattern marking visible to identify it as an individual.


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Common Seal in the River Adur


I received a sighting today from Paul. This is the first sighting of the year in Sussex.

The seal was spotted in the river Adur at 10.00am between the A27 bridge and the toll bridge. The seal was hauled out on the mud flats at low tide as the tide was coming back in.



The seal looks to be healthy and at the moment does not appear to be a seal we have seen before, although when they are dry natural makings and identifiable spot patterns are difficult to see.

The seal in the pictures is resting in the 'banana' pose commonly seen with seals.

All photos copyright Paul Loader
You can see more of Paul's great wildlife photographs at  www.flickr.com/mrfurrylover


Monday, 5 October 2015

Dolphins off Brighton


A large pod of bottlenose dolphins, in two groups, one of about 8 the other 10 seen off Brighton 3rd Oct. The group included young dolphins and a large male.

The dolphins were spotted off Brighton Marina, playing in front of and around sailing boats near No. 1 bouy, around mid morning.

This might be the same group of dolphins reported earlier back in August http://sussexmarinejottings.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/bottlenose-dolphin-herd-off-west-sussex.html


Monday, 21 September 2015

First school visit to Shoreham after the summer hols.

A wet and drizzly day marked the first school visit to Shoreham beach following the summer hols. However the weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the children.

There were around 80 children from a school in Horsham. The children were divided into 2 groups, one group would explore the beach, the shingle plants and  strandline. 
The latter would link to their classwork after half term where they would be discovering what creatures lived under water off the beach. The strandline objects give clues to the animals that live off the coast and they also studied the man made objects that pollute the beach.

I led a group rock pooling. After an introduction the children explored the beach in small groups. The adult with each group had an id sheet and some activity sheets to record the animals the saw, where they found them and what they were doing. All the groups would share this information back at school.
We also collected a few creatures and put them in trays and containers on a table I had set up at the top of the beach. This was a chance for the children to get a closer look and to find out more about the animals they had found such as sea anemones, shore crabs, prawns, cockles, mussels, rock pool fish, periwinkle and dogwhelk.

After a rather wet lunch, we swapped over and repeated the actives with the other group.


The children were full of enthusiasm and excitement and were a joy to work with, they had many great questions too.

While we were on the beach a little egret and some turn stones foraged in and around the pools. A kingfisher, that had flown down river did a slow low circuit of the beach before heading off toward the harbout mouth. There were also several terns diving into the sea and catching small fish.

You can find out more about the marine education programme I deliver on the Shoreham Beach Local Nature reserve and across Sussex at http://www.fosbeach.com/education-on-shoreham-beach/

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Seal sighting off Brighton

I received a seal sighting yesterday at Brighton. The seal was spotted by Jonathan just off the beach  by west pier brighton. The seal slowly swam underwater west along the coast towards Hove surfacing occasionally.


It is not known if this is a common or a grey seal.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Seal obseved Bexhill East Sussex

A seal was reported feeding at Cooden beach at Bexhill (by old flag pole between Cooden Beach Hotel and the Star Inn). The seal was seen feeding and resting. A seal was previously reported feeding near here on 3rd July