Tuesday, 3 January 2017

New Year.....Pagham beach update

The area between the rock revetment and the new breach is fast becoming what appears to be a lagoon. 

This panoramic shot taken at noon this morning is looking from the eastern end towards the revetment. Note how the spit is curling round and is now almost touching the beach

This photo shows the gap between the spit and the beach as the tide comes in.

This shows the build up of shingle on the beach which is helping to close the gap!

At the other end....the eastern end of the 'lagoon'....the gap is even narrower and at low tide it is now possible to walk to and  from the spit. The photos below (taken just before low tide) show how narrow this end has become and how shingle build up is also changing the flow.
The shingle build up at the 'revetment'end.

Shingle detail.

Showing how the shingle is narrowing the outflow.

A wider view ....at low tide passable just near the second block of rocks.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Storm surge hits Pagham Beach

Apparently a surge was anticipated due to atmospheric activity in the Atlantic....and it comes following two weeks work by Arun District Council to replenish a long stretch of beach abutting properties along East and West Front Road and ironically I understand they are pulling out today!

There was very little wind this morning at 7.30am  and all appeared calm. However as the tide came in during the morning it was apparent that it was rising  somewhat quicker than usual. By noon it was over-topping the spit in places and by high tide much of the foreshore was awash. The sea was coming very close to the frontage of the yacht club and pouring into the street. No major damage was caused but a very high percentage of the two weeks re-shingling was negated.

 David, a local photographer, split seconds before being engulfed!
The memorial stone outside the Yacht Club....usually well clear of a high tide.

Just as well the work by ADC had been done....but what next?


At 4.00pm I took a wander along the beach towards the Little Lagoon and noted at least 15 foot of shingle had been washed away and these photos show just how far the tide had come up the trackway which only a few weeks ago had been shortened by the RSPB  following Storm Angus.

The scoured beach

The sea has never ever reached this spot before....certainly not in the last 31 years!

Monday, 5 December 2016

The shingle pushers are back!

Working early at low tide...before the sun was up.

...but it wasn't long before the sun emerged from behind a cloud on the horizon

Less than twelve hours later it was setting over the harbour...
Looking towards Sidlesham.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Sunrise on a cold, frosty morning.

Looking through the new entrance or the breach.


Beautiful but very cold!! Brrrrr!

A little later and a splendid Kingfisher on the revetment.....

In late afternoon a fox by the Little Lagoon...

Just look at those eyes1

...and finally, late sunshine on a Black Headed Gull just in front of the bungalows

An end to a perfect day!

Monday, 28 November 2016

A new tourist attraction maybe?

Following a recent rockfall at Groyne No 3 the 'Falls of Pagham' have emerged.....


 I will try and get better photographs when tide and sunlight permits....an interesting development!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The first of the Autumn Storms.

Storm Angus hit Pagham Beach overnight...a very rough and very noisy night!

This is the sight which greeted us at first light....
Not a major problem but it indicated how strong the overnight winds had been.

Looking along the beach front it was clear to see that further erosion had occurred and the sand bags were not doing a lot of good! 

Walking towards the original harbour entrance  it was clear to see that the wave action had removed a couple of metres right the  way along from in front of the trackway.

This was taken last week

This was taken this morning!

This one was taken in May this year.....
We wait and in trepidation for Storm Barbara to hit us!

As a matter of interest the next two photos show how the harbour exit at groyne three has narrowed since last year....the main flow now being made through the breech.
The channel at low tide early one morning last week.

 Also last week, a day after the super moon...it was shrouded in cloud on the night!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Selsey Academy melt down...Sunday  August 21 ....from Pagham Spit.