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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.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Latest news

A female Black Redstart visited the patio for all of three seconds this chance of photo ! 
However the patio is now well baited with wriggling mealworms....irrisistible hopefully!

In the meantime an update on our erosion problems...the past few days have been very worrying with high winds coinciding with big tides! Five metres of beach have disappeared in front of some properties and emergency work was about to be activated but failed to materialise. Arun District Council were present on the beach on Sunday night and yesterday we were told the Norwegian rocks have been delayed but will be here next week. Vehicles are beginning to arrive and work will be completed by December1 (we are told!). Last night was not so grim but high tide this lunchtime has nibbled away an extra foot or so. The newly formed spit was breached in places but it is uncertain what effect this may have. A time lapse camera was installed yesterday afternoon to record the events of the next week or so.  We just hope that the next few days are storm free!

Further erosion Sunday night

The endangered groyne...if that gives way more properties could be endangered.

The time lapse camera being fitted on Tuesday
THE camera in place
View along beach in front of affected properties today at noon

The sea breaks through  the spit about a two hundred yards east of the original harbour entrance at high tide today.

We continue to hold our breath!

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