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Pagham Birder: The Blog

A regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
Any news of interest regarding the ongoing erosion problems on Pagham Beach will, from now on, be shown on my other blog together with general beach photos.. Click on the link... Pagham Beach Blog on this page.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

High tide birding

A group of birdwatchers arrived on the spit mid morning just as the heavens opened....some of the more hardy souls battled on against the elements and I am sure were rewarded with  impressive wader flocks. As I watched from the comfort of my living room Knot, Grey Plover, Redshank, Dunlin, Turnstone and Oystercatchers put on an impressive display.
A good number of Mediterranean Gulls were also present at the eastern end of the spit which continues to grow.

Thankfully the wind has died down today and veered to the south west but yesterday was horrendous and we lost another 2 metres of shingle and properties a little to the east of us lost considerably more.

Here are couple of shot highlighting the problem.

This is yesterday as the sea was tearing away the shingle

This is this morning showing the extent of the lost shingle!

As this was happening outside our back door, the Church Norton Spit was breeched and I was certain we were going to be left with an island in front of us but it is still in one piece ...just!
Apologies for poor quality taken through double glazing with heavy rain beating down.

Surely The Environment Agency or Arun DC will DO something soon...rather than just tinkering with temporary shingle infils . We need ACTION now otherwise we are lost!

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