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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.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year?

January 1 brought more stormy weather and  today the result was clear to see after another battering overnight on the beach.

Boats gone over the edge....
two to go!

The all important breakwater/groyne partly tumbled into the sea

Overnight damage
...and further erosion, now getting behind the revetment.

...more damage!

It was good that Earlcoate was on hand to retrieve the boats

worried faces....worried people watch the high tide at 11.30 this morning.

The biggest high tide of the week is tomorrow so we will hold tight, as the forecast is not good!

My New Years resolution was to maintain this blog for birds and bird sightings only  but this erosion problem is causing such a lot of local interest that I feel I have to continue featuring it at present especially as I'm situated 'on the spot'. We had hoped our problem would have been resolved by now but alas this will be ongoing for some little while...I fear!
..outgoing tide later in afternoon

At present there is lot of Gull activity on the spit as during the past week of stormy weather, hundreds of starfish, anemones and sea urchins have been washed up creating a fantastic food supply.

Herring Gulls

..and just a few of the hundreds of Mediterranean Gulls joining the Herring and Black Headed Gulls on the Lagoon

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