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2014

Christmas holiday Beach Clean on 28th Dec was much enjoyed on a sunny but chilly afternoon. We then piled into the happy atmosphere of The Beach Cafe  for excellent mulled wine and mince pies and good conversation.  Our thanks to Deidre, Tara, Adrian and Sean of The Beach Cafe for their generosity in providing this enjoyable conclusion to our year’s activities.

Beach Clean September 21st as part of the Marine Conservation Society Nations wide Beach Clean weekend.

A great success.  More than 35 people came.
1 Briefing

2 what we collected                        4 Only part of the loot. Council had already made one collection

This is only part of our collection as the council had taken some bags before we finished.

Rock Pooling in August 2014.  Enjoyable and informative.

This year the sea spider, Nymphon gracile was our star find but plenty of other interesting finds and the great thing is that even the most common seashore inhabitants have amazing facts.

Rock Pooling 2014

Specimen collecting

Rock Pooling 2014 specimens on view

Boardwalk completed 2014

We now have a boardwalk complete from Shingle Road to Ferry Road  This has been so successful in reducing trampling and enabling disabled access and helping families with buggies that  the Adur-Worthing Council is planning to extend it to The Burrells.

History.  FoSB petitioned in 2008-9 to try to improve safe, easy access across Shoreham Beach so that the shingle plants within Shoreham Local Nature Reserve are protected from being trampled and enabling access for everyone, in particular wheel chair users.  It was opened at the end of December 2011 but with a gap in the middle due to disputed ownership of one stretch of beach.  This gap was completed in April 2014.

A father struggles with gap

 

The Boardwalk Seats are being enjoyed

JULY 20th 2014  PICNIC and Beach Clean was much enjoyed and 20 partially filled bags of litter collected..

July Picnic

July Picnic

Clearing up

Clearing up

Beach cleaning?

Beach cleaning?

FLOWER WALK 1st June, Shoreham Fort 2.30 pm followed by cream tea.   

About 61 people came.  The Starry Clover has flowered prolifically this year.

Flower walk 2014

Starry Clover

Beach Clean March 30th at Shoreham Fort.  Altogether 32 bags of litter collected!

FoSB had a stall at the Bright Sparks family fun day on 15th February as part of the Brighton Science FestivalAtBrighton

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

Beach Clean December 27th 2013

Mince pies and Mulled wine thanks to the Beach Cafe

Mince pies and Mulled wine thanks to the Beach Cafe

Moth Surveys in June and September 2013

Tim Freed conducted Moth Surveys in June and September.  He recorded 35 species in June and 66 in September.  Among them he  found 6 national rarities.  The larvae of three of these feed on the Viper’s Bugloss on the beach  and the others on other shingle plants so our efforts to preserve  the flowers on the beach are proving worthwhile!  These surveys have been a very valuable piece of research contributing significantly to our knowledge of moth distribution in Sussex.

August  Rock Pooling 2013 was a lovely day

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Flower walk  on June 9th 2013 followed by cream tea was much enjoyed and 40 people came.

Our stall at Shoreham Fort June 1st 2nd

 Ray Egg Case Hunt April  4th 2013

The Friends  found and identified 221 Ray egg cases.  97 Spotted Ray  68 Undulate Ray, 8 Thornback Ray, 1 Cuckoo Ray,  47 Dogfish

Got very cold and did some beach cleaning as well!

 

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As always lots of balloons! They are a menace to wildlife.

 

 2012

AUGUST 10th 2012

We had a wonderful day at our  Summer  Event Rock- pooling  at the Old Fort.

 

One of two large Shore crabs we found

 

Specimens were collected in these containers for identification

A juvenile Pipe Fish was found this year.  It is a member of the sea horse family.

+WORLD OCEANS DAY in June 2012. Our stall was attended by many and our activities enjoyed.

Balloons are dangerous to marine wildlife if released

Bees on the Beach and Bumble Bee Hotel Workshop was much enjoyed on 3rd April.  We are monitoring some Bumble bees on the Beach and in gardens on the Beach  Ring Joy for more information especially if you want to join the monitoring

For Bee Homes instructions click on the 81 in the latest news column which also gives more advice on helping bees.

We had a splendid  Event on December 27th 2012

 Beach Clean and Opening of the disabled access path. 
Councillor Simmonds who got the work put through and Joy Daintree who got the oringinal petition going
After the well attended Beach Clean a large crowd gathered at the Ferry Road entrance to the boardwalks and after speeches by Councillor Simmonds,Joy Daintree  and Alison Lapper, Alison opened the bow tying the red ribbon across the opening with Fred Waldron by her side.
Wheel chairs gather
Wheel chairs on the boardwalks and these include Father Christmas who paid a special visit with Captain Jack Sparrow because Adur Bath Tubs arranged the visit!   Also thanks to Thunkshop Craft Shop at Ropetackle for the reindeer antlers.
 

or a masonry worm?

or a lugworm?

We saw a lovely large common Blenny (Shanny)and prawns

and Beadlet and Snakelock anenomes

Then we had a Beach Art Competition judged by a representative from Southern Water

One of the 4 winning entries

We looked after our creatures and made sure they had plenty of water and put them back in the sea. Before we put them back we found an anenome hiding in a mussel shell

 2011

Flower Walk 5.6.11

Looking at Sea Kale 

Photography lesson from Aaron Broadhouse on photographing a Yellow Horned Poppy

 

The bees on the Beach project started as part of the new 2010 education programme as a topic on bees and other invertebrates to link with school ground habitats.

Since then it has developed into a study of the insect pollinators present on the nature reserve and their plant/insect relationships but still retaining its links to the education programme.

As part of a beach visit, schools could study the bees and other invertebrates on the LNR and follow up their visit by comparing the shingle beach habitat with their school grounds and compare bees etc in both habitats (species and flowers visited).

This would also provide the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the decline of bees in general as well as the possible long term threat to vegetated shingle.

It is for this reason that we felt that we needed to understand the plant/ invertebrate relationships better as the potential threat to vegetated shingle by decline in bee populations was also echoed by other groups we contacted, such as the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust.

This was started in 2010 through surveys by specialist, members of the public and as part of organised educational visits. A outline of the pilot was provided for Adastra 2010, the journal produced each year the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.

Bees on the Beach Project: Aims

  • Build up a profile for each flowering shingle plant species and the insect pollinators that visit them (to eventually include bees, hoverflies,butterflies,  moths,beetles etc).
  • Due to vegetated shingle being only a partial habitat for bees, (limited nesting sites and hibernation opportunities) in this project we are also planning to study the potential of adjacent gardens to support bee species.
  • This will include; nectar/pollen sources, especially outside of the shingle plant flowering period, potential nest sites and also hibernation sites. We will alos investiogate the possibility of artificial nest sites – especially for solitary bee species.
  • The beach gardens may prove to be an important factor in keeping a  healthy bee population on Shoreham Beach.

 

 


Comments

FoSB Past years — 2 Comments

  1. Dear all at FOSB I have just discovered your website and am most impressed. We in East Preston would like to establish a Boardwalk between Sea Road and Sea Lane. We have a group called Disability Action Group of East Preston and would like to talk to you about your action to forward the project. Happy Christmas Richard Akhurst

  2. Hi Richard
    Talked about your request at the FoSB committee meeting last night and the first issue for you to address is to find out who owns the beach!!. In our case the Council owned most of it except for a small strip in private ownership! this meant that when the boardwalk was originally built, a gap was left at the privately owned area ( in the middle of the boardwalk stretch, which made a nonsense of it until the land could be purchased!) .
    Hopefully, in your case the whole area is council owned. Talk to their planning and disabilities dept. ( If you want to bring them here for a fact find, Im sure we’d be happy to host!) and put in a proposal, get support from other disabled/ Access groups, your MP and Councillors and badger them to support the initiative. Make sure it is a BOARDWALK not a cycleway, we have had issues with cyclists using it and they are now banned with council signs etc.
    Hope that helps, email me on friendsofshorehambeach@gmail.com for any further queries
    Good luck
    John

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