A remarkable burst of life and colour down in the shingle

Released: Tuesday, 23 August 2022

The pinks, greens and yellows stretch as far as the eye can see, beautiful flowers swaying in the cooling sea breeze. It's no wonder this place has just been awarded a Green Flag, the internationally recognised award for well managed green spaces and parks in the UK.

In Adur you expect open spaces like Buckingham Park, Lancing Manor Park and Lancing Ring to be awarded a Green Flag and they duly have year after year.

But the fourth award in 2022 went to not a grassy, hedge trimmed town park but Shoreham Beach, the second in a row for this wild and wonderful location which helps a riot of flora and fauna thrive down in the shingle despite being buffeted by the fresh salt-ladened air 365 days and nights a year.

Insects, such as the Small Copper butterfly, birds like Oystercatchers and reptiles such as the Wall Lizard also make their home here.

In early summer, a walk along the beach using its accessible boardwalk made out of recycled plastics introduces the stroller to just some of the 90 plus species of plant on show - a factor which helped the beach achieve a Local Nature Reserve Status in 2006.

Plant species such as Yellow Horned Poppy, Sea Daisies, Starry Clover, Viper's Bugloss and Thrift are a feast for the eyes during late spring and early summer, and prove to be ideal habitats for the surrounding wildlife too.

Although Shoreham Beach is managed by Adur District Council, the high standards set in recent years wouldn't be possible without the input of community and volunteer groups who help to keep our unusual shingle habitat in shape.

Working in partnership with the Council's rangers, The Friends of Shoreham Beach help organise regular litter picks, educational events take place and efforts to ensure the beach remains accessible for all are made.

The hard work from dedicated volunteers and our parks team has all been worth it though, as towards the end of July it was announced that Shoreham Beach had been awarded its second successive Green Flag by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“From the coast to the Downs, we're fortunate to have so many beautiful spaces across Adur, and Shoreham Beach is no exception.

“The colourful display during the summer is great to see, and it is genuinely surprising to the first-time visitor to see that amid the shingle there is so much life.

“I'd especially like to thank the hard work from our rangers and dedicated volunteers who help look after this special reserve all year round.”

Park Ranger Craig Ifield said:

“I just love it down here, the sights and sounds, it feels like another world. It really is a special place but it couldn't remain so if it wasn't for The Friends of Shoreham Beach and all residents and visitors who help take care of it and preserve its fragile ecosystem.”

If you would like to get involved and help out with the management of a green or blue space in Adur and Worthing, please get in touch with:

Photo: In early summer, a walk along Shoreham Beach using its accessible boardwalk introduces the stroller to just some of the 90 plus species of plant on show (Credit - Friends of Shoreham Beach)

PR22-159 -Shoreham Beach with some of the 90 plus species of plant on show (Credit - Friends of Shoreham Beach)

Photo: Red Valerian on Shoreham Beach (Credit - Friends of Shoreham Beach)

PR22-159 - Red Valerian on Shoreham Beach (Credit - Friends of Shoreham Beach)

Photo: Reptiles such as the Wall Lizard can be spotted at Shoreham Beach

PR22-159 - Reptiles such as the Wall Lizard can be spotted at Shoreham Beach

Photo: Starry Clover (Credit - Friends of Shoreham Beach)

PR22-159 - Starry Clover (Credit - Friends of Shoreham Beach)

Photo: Yellow Horned Poppy (Credit - Friends of Shoreham Beach

PR22-159 - Yellow Horned Poppy (Credit - Friends of Shoreham Beach

Photo: Yellow Horned Poppy (close-up)

PR22-159 - Yellow Horned Poppy (close-up)

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