Friday, 24 June 2016

Coastal surveyors

At low tide two quad bikes with GPS equipment arrived in the 'old' car park early this morning and set off at speed to the beach.


Is this interesting?
Who knows!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Sunset before the storm

Last night as the sun set in the wild eastern sky....

...a strange rainbow appeared over the sea.
...very dramatic.


Its a pity I have not captured the thunder and lightening during the night.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Birds eye view...

Taken by my daughter, Jenny as she was flying over Pagham on Sunday morning....


Showing the new breach at low tide 
A more distant view.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

What a difference a few weeks make!

Since my previous blog on April 11 there  has been a dramatic change to the topography of the harbour entrance!

It is quite difficult to show by the photographs below how very different the beach 'feels'...however these images may give an impression of what it looks like at virtually low tide early this morning in brilliant sunshine.....

Basically the overtopping of the spit during Storm Katy has now resulted in a full scale breach and two channels are open at all states of the tide besides the original Groyne 4/3. This has resulted in much less pressure being put on the entrance which has been the subject of concern during the past couple of years. The new 'double' breach has helped the situation but it is not in quite the right place where it is planned to 'cut and block'...nevertheless it is a very interesting development!


The mound of shingle in front of the bungalows adjacent to groyne three remains..

...to block the view for a number of property owners.


The remains of Groyne 3 continues to blight the view.

Looking west from this point towards Groyne 4 and beyond gives an idea of the change to the flow...in fact this is still water with no flow at all at low tide.



It is not until well past the last bungalow on the beach do you appreciate the full extent of the new breach(s)
Then from the end of the second track-way the second breach comes into view and the flow through this has increased  considerably in the past few days.



This shows the second exit from the harbour which is quite a complex and ever changing scenario.
 Just a little further on, and this photo shows the present end of the Church Norton spit .

So a very changeable and unexpected situation which will be monitored closely and with considerable interest.


Incidentally the bird hide was removed yesterday...it has recently been vandalised and was again being used overnight.
All that remains ...a concrete slab!






















































































Monday, 11 April 2016

The New Entrance?

This weekend  high Spring tides have created some significant changes to the tidal  flow in and out of the harbour. At low tide this morning the  outward flow from the main harbour was only using a new cut created naturally during the past few days.

The new main channel at low tide.

The new main channel at low tide...a closer look 

Looking back towards the harbour from the east side of the new cut.
View of the last eight  West Front Road Bungalows from the spit...'walkable' from the spit this morning!
Interesting!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Beach update.


The beach in front of the Yacht Club....ADC has been working all last week in restoring some of the shingle.




A new build on the beach shows confidence.

Could someone let me know what this sea creature is, please.
The view of the over topping (breach) from the trackway this morning.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Storm Katie hits the beach overnight.

...in pictures taken early this morning.

The 'overtopping' of the spit is almost certainly a breach now as it is close to low tide and the sea is still flowing.



 The demolished barrier....





A very grey morning after a very rough night.

The scoured beach.

A long distance shot of a wild sea even at low tide.

 After a week of re- shingling....was it worth it?
Note the scattered lobster pots.


West Front Road

West Front Road

Harbour Road

Harbour Road