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Beach Office 
Tommy, Tim, Rob and Peter - Foreshore Inspectors

About the Beach office:

Beach Office

The Beach Office is a front line service for water safety and public wellbeing. Staff are First Aid trained and can also deal with every eventuality from lost children to cuts bruises and questions such as “where is the best fish and chips”!

Tommy Broad, Tim Winter, Rob Dove and Peter King are our main bloggers at the Beach Office and will take it in turns to bring an update each week, or they may get one of the other members of the team to do a 'guest spot'.

You can read Tommy's, Tim's, Rob's and Peter's current blog posts on this page below:

See also: Beaches, foreshore and safety and Seafront and River Adur

You can also read Rob Dove's previous archived blogs here.


27th March 2020: Flora and fauna are thriving!

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Whilst everything around us seems to be shutting down and going spookily quiet, our local wildlife goes on unaffected and waits for nothing that may be going on in the complicated human world.

As predicted, after the PM’s speech on Monday the seafront went into a state of welcome quietness and our local coastline was left to its other visitors and residents; our local flora and fauna.

In these clear crisp sunny days that we’ve been having, sea kale Crambe maritima is now warming its tap root underneath areas of undisturbed shingle and starting to show after what must have seemed like a very long winter with storm after storm hitting our coastline.

Photo: Sea kale on a deserted Worthing seafront

2020-03-27 - Sea Kale

The purple shoots are rapidly becoming prominent above ground and we certainly have to be careful where we are driving whilst out on reconnaissance patrol as to not damage this vital coastal plant that offers so much to bees, hoverflies and shelter for birdlife.

Centranthus ruber (Red Valerian) is also making the most of the sun's rays and is steadily on the move too. This non-native species, believed to have been introduced to the UK in the 1600’s, has established itself well on our local coastline. Dense patches can be found along our shore and it doesn’t seem to be in conflict with our native sea kale; ultimately it provides another guaranteed source of nectar, along with brightening up the shore with its array of reddish pink flowers when in bloom.

Remember all of this will still be here to see in the months ahead so apart from admiring it whilst on daily exercise, distance yourselves, stay at home and stay safe.

OVER ... OUT ...

Photo: Red Valerian on Worthing seafront

2020-03-27 - Red Valerian

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20th March 2020: A strange week but we are still operating as normal ...

Beach Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Tommy and I’m your designated blogger for this week at the Beach Office.

As you may have guessed it's been a strange week but we are still operating as normal, the sea front has become a bit of a ghost town with not many people around, but there are still the handful of runners on the promenade and fishermen on the pier.

Due to the country's current situation, lots of events have been postponed but the solitude can be quite comforting.

Beach Office 200 x 150

We are still in our office but the door is closed.

We are still happy to help over the phone though - so just give us a ring on 01903 238977 if you have any issues.

There is still plenty for us down here at the beach office to get on with before the weather picks up. We are carrying out maintenance, conducting our standard daily patrols to check on the state of our beach and keeping our eyes peeled for any defects along the front, the deck chairs will be coming back to our beach soon to be based between the pier and our office.

Have a great week and stay safe.

2019-12-06 + 2020-03-20 - Worthing Pier at low tide

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13th March 2020: Fishing byelaws

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Finally after what feels like continuous weekends of severe wind affecting our Pier, it seems we are now set for a run of dry settled weather.

The whole landscape of our coastline has changed, with the rough weather and choppy seas having dramatically changed the makeup of our seabed too.

A large area of sand has shifted to form a continuous sandy area west of the pier for 400 meters, ideal to let the dogs loose on or fish down onto from our pier in pursuit of some early spring flatfish.

2020-03-13 - Sole flounder flatfish (Pixabay - 2057110)

Speaking of the latter, with angling numbers increasing on the pier with the spring weather just around the corner, it's important best practice and pier byelaws are followed to ensure everyone using the pier can go about their business or pursuit.

Anglers, I need you to make sure a chopping board is used to process bait and not to cut directly onto the decking. Also at this time of year, only fish in areas with an orange or green dot on the floor and keep out of red dotted areas for safety reasons (eg fire exits or narrow points).

No overhead casting on the upper deck for obvious reasons and follow all current Bass regulations, which is two fish per day over 42cm from now until 30th November 2020. In regards to hooks, please do not use stainless steel as if you find you cannot remove the hook due to it being taken down too far, if cut and then left in it has a chance of rusting and eventually coming loose from the fish.

Conservation and best practice is what me and my team want to see, so with that in mind, get out there and enjoy the break in the weather.

2020-03-13 - View of Worthing seafront from the Pier with a rainbow in the sky

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6th March 2020: Keep Britain Tidy

Beach Office - Peter King, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Peter King, Foreshore Inspector and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the Beach Office.

Do you want to be involved with the country's biggest mass-action environmental campaign?

Do you want to enjoy the beauty of Worthing beach without litter?

Do you want to help protect wildlife from harmful rubbish?

Do you want to feel good about doing your bit for the environment?

If you answered yes to any of the above then come and join us for a beach clean at Worthing!

Together, we can make a real difference. Individual actions can help to transform our beach for the better, creating cleaner spaces, protecting wildlife and, ultimately, stopping the tide of plastic that is doing so much damage to our oceans and marine life.

We are taking part in Keep Britain Tidy #GBspringclean, a campaign in which more than 560,000 people took part across the country last year. Will you be one of the #LitterHeroes out there?

We have arranged four dates for anybody to come along and help:

  • Sunday, 22nd March 2020
  • Sunday, 29th March 2020
  • Sunday, 5th April 2020
  • Sunday, 12th April 2020

If you would like to come along to help, you can turn up on the day or if you have a group then please feel free to register your interest with us at the Beach Office.

We have teamed up with wildlife conservation charities to help educate and inform people on the damage rubbish can do and how we can help. The Marine Conservation Society, British Divers Marine Rescue, West Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Angling Trust will be on hand to help and provide information. If you would like to learn about how marine life is rescued or about plastic noodles on the beach, then come along for a chat.

If you cannot attend any of the dates above don't worry, at the Beach Office we lend out litter pickers, bags and gloves every day of the year! Just pop in and ask for some litter picking equipment to help do your bit.

Photo: Plastic bottle on Worthing Beach

2020-03-06 - Plastic bottle on Worthing Beach

Photo: Beach clean sign at the Beach Office

2020-03-06 - Beach clean sign at the Beach Office

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28th February 2020: Storm after storm...

Beach Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Tommy and I’m your designated blogger for this week at the Beach Office.

We’ve had yet another week of strong winds and rough tides along our coastline, all thanks to the arrival of storm Ellen. She’s managed to wash up all sorts of debris, from pallets to small trees and I’ve even had a small chest fridge come ashore.

Despite the challenging conditions, Worthing Pier was safe to remain open over the weekend - allowing locals and visitors to enjoy our popular coastal attraction. We did however need to barrier off the southern end as waves were crashing through the landing stage on to the top decking, hardly surprising with winds reaching more than 35 knots at points.

Photo: The pool of water on Goring gap

2020-02-28 - Pool of water

Also with the rain we’ve been having, Goring gap has welcomed its own pond on the west side of the plantation; welcoming a large flock of herring gulls to the land. It’s here where they’ve been bathing - that is until the dogs who love a paddle come running in and start to really enjoy themselves, getting wet and most of the time end up caked in mud!

Speaking of the plantation, because of the wind blowing at such severe gales at times, a tree has snapped in half and is downed in the woods.

Photo: The fallen tree in Goring

2020-02-28 - Tree

As we head eastwards from our office into east Worthing, the beach has been ripped apart due to the strong tides over the last few weeks. Tops of groynes are showing, steep slopes of shingle have been formed and some areas have eroded away to the top of the beach leaving no way to get around the shingle.

The beach will be re-graded by the Council's coastal operative team as soon as practically possible, starting with the most eroded parts.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Your Foreshore inspector, Tommy Broad.

2020-02-28 - Beach

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14th February 2020: Just another manic Monday ...

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Monday the 10th of February 2020 brought severe, prolonged conditions to our coastline that personally I haven't witnessed in the three years I've been here at Worthing Beach Office. Nature won that day and it was certainly an eye opener for everyone.

High water with surge on top from the severe gale winds brought a tide close to seven meters to our shore, leaving everything it touched battered and bruised.

Strom Ciara was different in its unrelenting presence over what was a very long few days; only to hand over to Storm Dennis this weekend. Various departments of the Council have been working above and beyond to patch up, prevent and remedy so many issues thrown up by the climatic conditions.

The coastal operative team has been consistently grading the beach and clearing detritus, joined by the waste services team in clearing shingle. The beach shingle has been stripped by nature and the makeup of our seabed shaken and re-landscaped, exposing hidden remains of historic Victorian groynes and other weird and wonderful objects!

Please bear in mind, especially for this weekend, if the pier is closed or areas are barriered off, please respect this as it could be in place for various reasons, eg active storm, imminent storm or damage beyond; we want the areas to be accessible but safety is paramount.

Friday 14th brings a welcome break in the weather to repair, clear up and prepare; calm before the storm ...

Photo: Pebbles on the promenade

2020-02-14 - pebbles on the promenade

Photo: Tractors moving the pebbles back onto the beach

2020-02-14 - tractors moving pebbles back onto the beach

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7th February 2020: Palm Oil

Beach Office - Peter King, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Peter King, Foreshore Inspector and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the beach office.

This weekend we have had Palm Oil washing up on Worthing Beach. Palm Oil is very topical at the moment as it is in a lot of food products and the farming practices to grow it can contribute to deforestation. But we are more concerned with the bits that wash up on our seafront.

Palm Oil is a natural substance which in food is not a risk. Ships are allowed to dump Palm Oil into the sea if they are at least 12 miles offshore (which is not very far). They use it to clean tanks on board, and then flush it over the side into our sea. When it is used for this purpose it can become contaminated with fuel waste, bacteria and other toxins.

Once contaminated, it can be very dangerous to wildlife and humans if ingested. If you see any please make sure your dogs and family do not eat it! Please report it to a member of the Council and we will clean it up as soon as we can.

We also report it up the chain of command to the Environment Agency who then check the shipping records to try and trace where it came from. Unfortunately it floats for many miles, even across oceans, so it is hard to pin the blame on specific ships.

So far we have cleaned up the bits that washed ashore last weekend. It can be seen in a variety of forms, normally white and waxy looking like a scattering of pebbles, but it can be seen in larger sizes. If you do notice any please let us know.

You can contact Worthing Beach Office on 01903 238977.

Photo: A close-up shot of the Palm Oil found on Worthing beach

2020-02-07 - A close-up shot of the Palm Oil found on Worthing beach

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31st January 2020: Six hundred million tonnes ... that’s immense!

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Six hundred million tonnes ... that's the amount of carbon underwater kelp draws down from our atmosphere. I'm getting the feeling our answer to tackling climate change is out in our oceans not so much inland.

Since Sir David Attenborough narrated a mini wildlife film (see below) off the back of the fantastic work by the Sussex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (IFCA), awareness and reality has really kicked home to many more people than we could have imagined.

IFCA have been monitoring the area of our kelp beds in the bay of Sussex and, sadly in Worthing's case, it has gone from covering an area of 177km2 in 1987 to just 6.28km2 in the 2010s. This is primarily due to demersal trawling which entails a cone shaped net being towed on the seabed to target certain species such as flatfish, rays and Bass.

There are other factors with dredging and sediment depositing but trawling being the main negative practice.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big supporter of what fishing fleet we have left in the UK, but I admire IFCA's judgement and action taken to create a byelaw that will exclude trawling out to four kilometres from our shores in Sussex.

This will enable the kelp, which grows 30 times faster than any land based plant, to hopefully re-establish and once again support a whole ecosystem by increasing biodiversity and ultimately enhance fish stocks - these will be especially important in the hopeful investment of the UK fishing industry once again. Plus it will also improve water quality and reduce wave energy; all positives to me.

At Adur & Worthing Councils, we are engaged and keen to see this awe-inspiring regeneration and protection work take place. In years to come, yes after a storm we would see seaweed return to our shores locally, but not like the quantities of last century as modern practices do have to continue outside the exclusion zone.

That being said, nature is nature and if we want to combat the CO2 crisis then we may need to look at potential negatives from a different angle?

For more information on the matter, visit the Help Our Kelp page on the Sussex Wildlife Trust website.

Be sure to watch the YouTube clip below entitled 'Save magical kelp forests', featuring David Attenborough, about the kelp beds in the bay of Sussex off Worthing's coast (by the BBC Inside Out South).

Photo: Kelp on the beach with waves on the sea behind

2020-01-31 - Kelp on the beach with waves on the sea behind (Pixabay - 966306)

Photo: Underwater - fish swimming in the dark blue colours

2020-01-31 - Underwater - fish swimming in the dark blue colours (Pexels - 932638)

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24th January 2020: The runaway ring

Beach Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Tommy and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the beach office.

This week on the Foreshore we've had some fairly high tides and rough winds, one early morning tide had brought up shingle onto the prom that nearly spilled out onto the road in some places. Splashpoint was absolutely covered.

Along with the shingle coming up onto the prom, we also had a stray life ring from Arun that had been on a good trip to the east side of the Isle of Wight!

It had been found by a member of the public who sent the ring back to us along with a lovely photo of the life ring on the sand with their dog, on the back of the photo said “look what I found”. The ring was found on Shanklin Beach on 31st November.

2020-01-24 - A dog on Shanklin beach with the Arun life ring that it found

We also had a handful of calls from members of the public passing by Heene Road to report a suitcase in the surf and also a call from West Sussex Fire and Rescue saying that a large blue barrel had been washed up. By the time myself and Rob got to it the fire brigade were already on scene.

Unaware of what it could have contained we managed to get one of the lids off to take a sample, all to find out that it was full of sea water ... better to be safe than sorry!

2020-01-24 - The large blue barrel that had been washed up on Worthing Beach

Have a great weekend

Your foreshore inspector, Tommy Broad

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17th January 2020: Storms on the seafront

Beach Office - Peter King, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Peter King, Foreshore Inspector and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the beach office.

Hold on to your hats, it's been a stormy week in Worthing!

Storms can be great to watch. Feeling the wind in your hair and hearing the waves crash on the beach, they can bring out the big kid in us all.

2020-01-17 - Stormy seas at the Pier on Worthing Beach

Waves, in the right conditions, can be great fun on Worthing beach for surfing, kite boarding and windsurfing. When the winds are blowing you will frequently see kite boarders and wind surfers harnessing the winds energy to glide over, and fly off the waves. In just the right conditions, you will also see the odd surfer at Worthing's 'secret' spots riding the swell created by big storms.

2020-01-17 - Surfers seeking out waves

Unfortunately, when the winds and waves pick up we do not have time for surfing at the Beach Office, we spring into action to help with beach safety.

One of our biggest concerns is Worthing Pier, both waves coming over and people being affected by the wind. To ensure safety on the pier we close the landing stage if we think the waves will come through the grating. When the winds reach a Force 8 Gale (over 39mph), we will close the end of the pier and the landing stage.

The last resort for us when the winds reach Force 9 Severe Gale (47mph) is to close the whole pier, due to the disruption it causes we always try our best to avoid this by using local weather stations, the latest forecasts and local knowledge.

We also try and educate the public on the dangers of breaking waves. Waves can have a strong undertow so even if you are only ankle deep they can be enough to knock you over then drag you out to sea. Most adults are aware of the dangers but special care needs to be taken over children and dogs that may not realise how powerful the sea can be.

If you are going down to Worthing beach to watch a storm, please remember to respect the sea and do not get close to breaking waves on the foreshore.

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10th January 2020: Crime on the coastline

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

With the evenings still drawing in quick and the sun struggling to rise in the morning, an unwanted activity in the form of theft & malicious crime is once more lurking along our coastline.

Unfortunately for some Council tenants and private beach hut owners they have been hit with a spate of forced entries and vandalism to their beach retreats, causing distress and upset.

Witnesses have come forward regarding the vandalism of the Council beach huts so hopefully this will prove successful in identifying the culprits.

Here at the Beach Office, we aim to find any vandalism or break ins to beach huts as soon as possible with our active daily reconnaissance patrols heading both east and west, then informing the tenant or owner of any suspicious activity as soon as practically possible.

In the case of private beach hut owners, please can you keep Worthing Beach Office up to date with your current contact details as this will save a delay or late notification. Together we can make the process as slick as it can be.

The cost of mindless vandalism is money the Council can ill afford and still, already in 2020, so much is spent rectifying intentional damage. It only takes one person to cause such damage but I appreciate if you have been affected and had possessions taken it's still a hard pill to swallow.

As good Worthingites and if it's safe to do so, if you see or feel something untoward is happening on our local foreshore during daylight hours and there is not an emergency incident immediately happening, then please call the Beach Office on 01903 238977 and 999 Police after 5pm.

If you are witnessing a break in the please call 999 Police immediately.

Speed is key in tackling these issues and rest assured as the Councils' Foreshore Inspectors we are doing all we can to deter crime on our coastline.

Keep your eyes peeled.

Photo: Beach Huts on Goring Seafront

2020-01-10 - Beach Huts on Goring Seafront

Photo: Padlock on a beach hut on Goring Seafront

2020-01-10 - Padlock on a beach hut on Goring Seafront

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13th December 2019: Avoiding microplastics at Christmas

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Well, another year nearly through but in my opinion the best event still to come, Christmas!

A year on and I don't think anyone could have imagined how much more aware everyone is regarding single use plastic.

As you will have seen throughout the year, our sea locally has been throwing back some of the plastic on the shoreline and the bulk has been huge.

2019-11-29 + 2019-12-13 - All the plastics, cans, rope and rubbish picked up from the beach

Like me, I'm sure you have realised just how much you can eradicate plastic from everyday use, especially by ditching the nonsense items of pure convenience like wet wipes, sandwich bags and hand gel soap dispensers.

Worryingly, a recent UK marine survey carried out in August has found that microplastics were found in a third of all UK caught fish including, Cod, Haddock, Mackerel and Plaice and every single mammal!

This in mind, don't overlook Christmas, there's still more eradicating you can do!

Glitter, due to its size, is passing through sewage treatment filters and ending up in our seas. Once waterborne, the glitter can float about for up to 400 years until it degrades or is eaten by fish as it is harmlessly mistaken for food. Humans then consume food from the sea and the circle is complete and to date the possible health effects have yet to be determined.

2019-12-13 - Colour sequins and glitter (Pexels - 1191710)

Aldi and Waitrose along with Marks & Spencer and even some TV shows are now using newly tested biodegradable glitter or banning it completely. I feel it's healthy progress to keep finding and addressing products produced and looking at their negative effects and asking the question of “do we actually need it?”

So if you do use glitter somewhere or on something this Christmas, be sure to put it in the refuse and not washed off down the sink; it's the very little things that make a difference.

Here's to a where possible plastic free 2020!

Happy Christmas.

2019-12-13 - Low sun over the sea on an orange sky (Pexels -189349)

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6th December 2019: A warm welcome to a wintry Worthing seafront

Beach Office - Peter King, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Peter King, Foreshore Inspector and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the beach office.

I've had a very warm welcome from the foreshore team in the Beach Office which has helped immensely with me settling into my new role as a Foreshore Inspector.

A lot of my friends and family, after asking if I will be wearing red shorts like Bay Watch, have asked what I will be doing in my new role as they have never heard of a Foreshore Inspector. After a good induction over a few days, I can see it's a very varied job which has a lot of things to remember!

So far I have done beach patrols by foot and quad bike. On these patrols we check all the beach safety equipment including defibrillators (located at the beach office and on the pier), life rings and throwlines (located all along the seafront) ensuring all are ready to use and in a good state of repair.

We also do a visual inspection on Worthing Pier, the promenade shelters, benches, beach huts, paths, steps, etc and report these to be fixed if needed.

Additionally, we keep a close eye on the rubbish on the seafront, as described perfectly by my colleague Tommy in last week's blog.

These regular checks are very important as we have to be mindful of making sure everything is safe for the public to use. This is especially so with the pier which has to be shut by us in extreme weather conditions.

Fortunately, my first week has been lovely sunshine and light winds so the pier has stayed open for the enjoyment of all!

It's been nice seeing all the people enjoying the seafront, even in December, and I look forward to getting to know more about both our local residents and people visiting Worthing.

If you are passing the Beach Office or we are passing on patrol, feel free to say hello and stop by for a chat.

Photo: Worthing Pier at low tide

2019-12-06 + 2020-03-20 - Worthing Pier at low tide

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29th November 2019: Plastic swamps the seafront ...

Beach Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Tommy and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the beach office.

Tides as high as 6.5 metres have hit our foreshore this week, and with the wind behind it there has been a ridiculous amount of rubbish being washed ashore, mainly plastic pollution.

So with the rain and not many people on the beach, I decided to collect as much rubbish whilst on my patrols as possible!

I've worked on the seafront for a few years now, and every winter rubbish floods the beach because of the rough tides we get down here. The seaweed often makes its way higher up the shingle at this time of year, but unfortunately it's not just plants that the line is made of. It's polluted to the max with all sorts of rubbish sticking out of it, of all sorts of sizes and colours.

Over the last few days while on shift, I've collected many different items such as things like rope, bottles, chairs, pallets, fishing gear, shoes, hats, clothes, a hard hat, tubs of corrosive substances, lobster pots and around thirty bottles of foreign mayonnaise!

2019-11-29 + 2019-12-13 - All the plastics, cans, rope and rubbish picked up from the beach

Plastic pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, seals, whales and other marine mammals are killed each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it.

Knowing this I really try to collect as much plastic as I can while on patrol, but I also have to deal with a fair amount of other things on our seafront too - I can't do this all on my own. So why not come down to the Beach Office just next to the lido and we will lend you all of the equipment to fight this plastic on our beach and help with this global issue.

There is said to be more plastic in the sea then there are fish by the year 2050 and this is just not acceptable, we all need to help clean our seas and the best way to do this is to get down to the beach and pick the plastic up before its washed back into the sea. If all of us do our part, we'll be able to save our oceans!

2019-11-29 - Plastic picked up from the beach (in two wheelie bins)

2019-11-29 - Tins of corrosive substances picked up from the beach

2019-11-29 - Rope and wellie boots picked up from the beach

Have a great weekend

Your foreshore inspector, Tommy Broad

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22nd November 2019: Bomb squad on the beach

Beach Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Tommy and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the beach office.

Last Saturday we had an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team down on the seafront for what we believe to be an unexploded WW2 bomb on the east side of the pier.

A passer by spotted the suspicious object on Worthing beach and rang the Coastguard, who then notified the Bomb Squad and ourselves at the Beach Office for assistance.

The area cordoned off was between New Parade east beach and the crab shack at Splash Point, unfortunately I wasn't on shift myself but my college was and he assisted the police with keeping the area clear while the EOD team took the object away from the scene, it's not the first explosive we've had on our patch and I'm sure it's not the last.

Our seafront can be a hotspot for explosives because there are many unexploded ordnances still in the water from the wars, the main contributor of which being when the Germans bombed Portsmouth. Equipment from training exercises or loss of ammunition overboard can also washed up on our coastline, with the powerful tide occasionally leaving items uncovered when the tide goes back out.

If we are the ones to find the ordnance, or we're first on the scene after a call from a member of the public, we would cordon off the area 100 meters from the found object with hazard tape and some road pins. Once this cordoned off area is in place we would cordon off another 600 meter area outside the tapped area and this would become an exclusion zone for everyone until the bomb disposal team arrives on scene.

If you find anything that seems out of place on the seafront, contact the Worthing Beach Office on 01903 238977.

Photo: The disposal of a German bomb that was safely exploded on Worthing Beach back in 2015

2019-11-22 - The disposal of a German bomb that was safely exploded on Worthing Beach back in 2015

Have a great weekend

Your foreshore inspector, Tommy Broad

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15th November 2019: MISPERs on the seafront

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

The year is definitely moving on and the coolness in temperature and low light means winter and Christmas will soon be upon us.

Many of us love this time of the year with so much to look forward to in the next six weeks. Worryingly though, this time of year presents us here at the Beach Office with a rise in what can be a complex tasking; missing people.

MISPER, or missing persons, is a tasking that is regularly delegated to us as Foreshore Inspectors to help assist emergency services. We are mobilized to assist due to our capability to cover & recce the foreshore at a swift but thorough pace on our all-terrain vehicles (ATV).

2019-11-15 - Quad on seafront

Working off an accurate description or photo sent to us whilst on patrol we can sweep an area of last known location and/or give accurate confirmation to the Police one way or the other.

Sometimes we are lucky to locate the missing person(s) and give an accurate location for follow up services to arrive at and sometimes we are unsuccessful, but ultimately I like to think we're still helping in the bigger picture.

A MISPER can be someone of any age or ability lost mainly for accidental reasons but at this time of year it tends to be emotionally fuelled motives. So it can be a complex, sensitive issue that requires empathy and treating each tasking equally and professionally.

We all understand the complexities and the challenges local authorities have in addressing and resolving the mental health crisis. But from my teams situation, once we know someone that had negative intentions is accounted for, safe and off our coastline, then the issue may have a chance at starting to be remedied.

So when we’re out and about along our area of operations it is usually for one of many reasons. Although we’re off the water at this time of year, by no means is it quieter; the job just moves on and evolves to present other challenges.

Stay safe out there.

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8th November 2019: It's Starling season

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Like clock-work at around 4:30 pm every day of late, a spectacle is performed and it tends to follow suit with the evenings drawing in that I seem to notice it more...

Last year’s 'Murmuration’ was slight in number but this year’s flock is definitely larger in number.

Nowhere near the number seen around Brighton pier but ours all the same. Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) are the culprits.

These residents of Worthing are using the underside of our pier as a roost site in which to spend the night in relative shelter and keep warm. Their flight is fast and direct, noisy and gregarious.

The Starlings are spending a lot of the year in flocks foraging on local farmland, cover crop and in the open spaces of Worthing with its diverse planting, searching out leatherjackets, seeds and other grubs before gaggling together at roost time from autumn onwards.‌

It’s a compliment that this declining species chooses to use our pier as their home. Loss of habitat and mature trees for roosting may be a factor, therefore this shows that in some cases manmade structures can increase biodiversity.

The dance spectacle is stunning against a crisp clear late afternoon, another sign that the year is coming to an end.

Once the swirling, stooping and darting has run its course and all the flock are together, the decision is made and in one sharp evasive manoeuvre the birds settle in position, out of sight. The only sign that they are still in the area is the constant high pitched chattering between the flock, a clear sign of communication and authority.

On the next clear cold evening, grab a tea or coffee and watch the manic yet majestic spectacle unfold, a great way to sign the day off.

Be sure to have a look!

2018-02-23 - A murmuration of starlings (Pixabay - 2674953)

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1st November 2019: What we get up to when storms strike the seafront

Beach Office - Tim Winter, Foreshore InspectorHi, I'm Tim, one of your Foreshore Inspectors at Worthing Beach Office.

When its cold, raining and stormy conditions prevail on the seafront - what do we do at Worthing Beach Office?

Traditionally it's quite busy in the days leading up to very poor weather, moving and re-organising events from fishing tournaments to photo shoots, closing the pier and informing businesses of potential impacts. Once that's all done we remain available to deal with incidents on the foreshore.

Last year we had a lady struck in the face from a metal sign that had been ripped off a building during a gale!

In periods of very poor weather even our patrols are restricted and we are confined to base, such as the winter season where there is often only one team member on duty.

2019-11-01 - Storm on Worthing seafront

So when all the preparation is done and I'm back at base, doors and windows tightly shut then what do we do?

Well I am currently writing a new bespoke information recording system to better capture statistics, record statutory information and produce automated reports. This will support us better through the busy summer periods and allow our management to make more informed and efficient decisions about resources in the future, as well as improve our efficiency, accuracy and speed of reporting.

2019-11-01 - Our information recording system

Stay safe on the seafront!

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18th October 2019: Save the Waverley

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Worthing has had many connections to the sea over the years and with it various vessels that have made their mark, none more so than the iconic paddle steamer the Waverley; the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world.

Built on the Clyde in 1947 to replace the original Waverley that was built in 1899, the original 239 ft long vessel was sunk off Dunkirk in 1940 whilst serving as a minesweeper and evacuating our bruised and battered troops away from the advancing Germans.

2019-10-18 - Save the Waverley logo

I was contacted earlier in the week by charity workers from the 'Save the Waverley' appeal, looking to spread the word about the vessel's need for a new boiler refit.

To date, the Waverley has been withdrawn from service until the remaining £400,000 has been raised to purchase and install the new boilers and boiler room equipment.

Once a familiar sight off the south coast and a regular Worthing Pier visitor from 1978, it would be great once again to see her navigating UK waters showing off her 40's charm around this proud seafaring nation of ours.

The Waverley Excursions website lays out a clear, bold and informative site with fundraising success stories, history and future plans for the vessel. Be sure to have a look and if possible consider donating to the cause via their website.

Once the refit is complete in 2020, the Waverley will once again be visiting the south coast on a UK wide visit and will be seen close in off Worthing in all her glory, paying thanks to all her donors.

Get on board if you can!

2019-10-18 - Save the Waverley retro style poster image

Photo: The Waverley Paddle Steamer in Scotland

2019-10-18 - The Waverley Paddle Steamer in Scotland (Pixabay - 2546226)

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4th October 2019: There's a first time for everything

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

There's a first time for everything and certainly having a live, seemingly healthy stranded Dolphin on our shore was a first for me.

Unfortunately, due to old age, injuries or general survival of the fittest, the only dealings as Foreshore Inspectors we generally have with marine mammals is when they are deceased.

So this tasking was a learning curve and some constructive feedback has helped the team develop and become more efficient in dealing with the event, should the scenario reoccur.

As most of you are aware through social media, on Tuesday 24th September 2019 a Short-beaked common dolphin came ashore on Shoreham beach at around midday and a successful attempt was made to relocate and release the animal.

2019-10-04 - Helping the stranded Dolphin on the beach

I personally attended on the ATV and with the aid of a robust plastic mat and attention to the animal by the rest of the mixed team (photo above), we moved the Dolphin to calm waters inside the Shoreham Fort car park where the vet, British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) volunteers and helpers in wetsuits aided the release (photo below).

2019-10-04 - Helping the stranded Dolphin in the water

The whole process wouldn't have been a success without the specially trained operatives from the BDMLR, Worthing Beach Office and muscle and grunt from passing public and active windsurfers.

What I am picking up though is the need to promote caution if you find yourself considering attempting a relocation or release. Our good human nature is to want to assist but this can put you and ultimately the mammal in grave physical danger from injuries or disease.

If anyone passing our coastline happens to see what they think is a stranded or injured marine mammal such as a seal, Dolphin or Porpoise between Ferring and Shoreham west arm, then please call Worthing Beach Office, followed by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team who will advise and assist if needed.

Please see the attached poster for reference and one I will try to promote on our 10.5 mile coastline in which we overwatch.

Click on the image below to see a larger version - use back button to return to this page

2019-10-04 - Stranded animals poster

Even though this event started on a negative with the animal 'beached', it proves yet again how many species depend on the marine environment and can only help to highlight the need to further protect and look after it.

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27th September 2019: People say the strangest things

Beach Office - Tim Winter, Foreshore InspectorHi, I'm Tim, one of your Foreshore Inspectors at Worthing Beach Office.

As we approach the end of the summer season and our seasonal staff pack up and move on to other work or studies, we reflect on the memorable moments of the summer.

As we exchange stories a common theme is the strange responses some people give when approached by our beach patrols.

True to say, a very high percentage of people are hugely polite and mostly apologetic when informed they are breaking a bylaw or advised of a Public Space Protection Order, but some seem to have an irrational and often an attack response. Maybe an ancient adrenaline driven fight or flight response but always a curved ball when it happens.

2019-09-27 - Beach Office gear

When pointing out to a customer “Sorry sir your dog can't be on this part of the beach”, their response was “Well I'll have it put down then”.

Again, talking to a lady out with her dog paddling at low tide “sorry madam you can't be on this part of the beach with your dog”, their response “Where is the beach?”.

“Sorry sir you can't sleep on this bench”response “I can it's got my name on it, I carved it on with my knife”.

Approaching a small family picnic on the beach with a dog tied to the 11 feet high no dog flag - “Sorry madame your dog can't be on this beach”, response “there are no signs!”

Another dog owner strongly argues that we deliberately pace car parks adjacent dog exclusion areas to entrap the public and issue to raise money.

When reprimanding a young woman after she threw a bottle off the pier into the sea, she climbs the railing and threatens to jump off to pick it up.

Whatever drives these responses rest assured, the beach patrol team never have underlying motives they are mostly just doing a job to the best of their ability. Fines are very rare, we also understand people have all sorts of pressures in their lives, let's just try to keep it polite.

2019-09-27 - Beach Office Quad Bike

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20th September 2019: The last of the summer sun

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore InspectorHello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

The last hot flush of the year will be upon us this weekend before the reality of the season kicks in.

With highs of 22 degrees and a moderate force four easterly wind predicted, this will be a great time to head on down to Worthing seafront before the rain and cooler temperatures of next week.

High water is at 16:10 with a 5.2 meter tide, so plenty of sand and rock pools to explore until lunch, then better bathing after that.

With wind conditions in mind I need to reiterate and discourage the use of inflatables, this wind really will affect them fast and potentially push them off course.

201-09-20 - Rib

Yes it is nearing the end of September but don’t be fooled into a false sense of security with regards to the sun's harmful rays, with the wind added you will catch it quick, so remember to cream up, kids and elderly especially and keep the hydration levels up with H20 being the most effective.

This season has been as challenging as the last, with incidents both on and off the water, and fingers crossed the last couple of weekends leading up to the end of September will pass without any major incidents.

Make sure you take advantage of the free to use deck chairs beside the Beach Office, but remember to keep them solely for use between the Lido and Pier only and returned by 17:00.

See you on the water.

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13th September 2019: A seal in the sea

Beach Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Tommy and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the beach office.

On Thursday this week on a patrol eastwards, our attentions were brought to a seal in the water around the area of Lancing Sailing Club. Members of the public were worried thinking that it had become snagged on a ghost net or some sort of lobster pot.

After it was brought to our attention we monitored the seal for over an hour and we contacted the RSPCA, IFCA and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Team.

2019-09-13 - Seal (Pixabay - 314733)

We informed these agencies about the behaviour and whereabouts of the seal. After talking to the RSPCA inspector he said that the behaviour was normal for these kind of harbour seals. After about half hour of monitoring the animal we sent out a second pair of eyes to have another look and we came to the conclusion that he was just sleeping in the water.

It came to our attention after searching on the internet that it is very common behaviour for harbour seals to lay almost vertically in the water tilting their head backwards but above water and to just rest and snooze along the shoreline.

This reassured us to the point that we felt happy enough to leave it in its slumber, and continue on to our day to day duties.

2019-09-13 - A seal in the sea

Have a great weekend

Your foreshore inspector, Tommy Broad

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6th September 2019: Reducing our plastic pollution

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Plastic pollution in our oceans is rife, I don't need to tell you that and combating the issue is a huge task in so many ways.

Like all things in life, it takes exposure to create positive movement, so when I was made aware of a ghost net recycle scheme I was all ears.

As Foreshore Inspectors we regularly extract stranded 'ghost' gill and sometimes trawl netting. The impacts of discarded netting are huge, not only does it repeatedly catch fish and mammals in a vicious cycle but it does this until the net rots, is silted over or extracted.

Now netting can become ghost netting for many reasons and I understand the issues at hand for commercial Fisherman. Sometimes storms move the net off course, snags or destruction from other vessels can all create the problem.

2019-09-06 - Stranded 'ghost' gill and sometimes trawl netting on the beach

So, on a lighter note due to the scheme 'Net Regeneration' by Odyssey Innovation, which I was made aware of by Sussex Wildlife Trust, we at Worthing Beach Office will now be joining a movement to regularly drop off our discarded netting to collection points along the south coast, ours being Littlehampton harbour. It is then collected by water and taken for recycling and transformation into Kayaks in Cornwall.

The bulk of netting that must go into landfill every year will be huge and this helps reduce that, this could be the catalyst that is needed to start to address the issue with its disposal and create an incentive for fisherman to clear unserviceable netting gear.

The scheme also takes monofilament line from reel spools, so if you are an angler and are changing your line or have off cuts, drop them into us at the Beach Office and for once it will go to good use when no longer needed.

Hopefully the scheme will be adapted by all authorities in the near future, we're proud to be one of the first.

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16th August 2019: Foxes on the beach

Beach Office - Chris Warren, Seasonal Beach Patrol Officer

Hello. I'm Chris, a seasonal safety boat operator at the beach office with a degree in Conservation Biology, and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

I moved to Worthing from Lancashire for the role, where our foxes roam the open fields and avoid people at all costs. This is why I was so surprised when I moved to Worthing, to see foxes sat on my neighbour's roof, foxes sat out on the beach, foxes out in the middle of town during a busy bank holiday evening.

These foxes were bold, extremely comfortable around humans, and scavenging in the middle of the day.

It soon became apparent that one of the foxes, looking a little ropey, was living underneath Worthing pier and regularly going out for a stroll on the busy beach. This of course came with constant phone calls through to the Beach Office about the fox.

2019-08-16 - The little fox under the Pier

We got in contact with Billy from Wadars, who came down to the office to let us know what we could do to facilitate the fox.

Much like many animals around the world, these once nocturnal hunters are becoming daylight scavengers in urban areas. Humans are slowly driving animals out of their natural habitats, and as we do so the cleverest amongst them find new opportunities in our towns. Relocation simply isn't a viable option, this is their home.

Our friendly local fox soon became two, a much healthier looking friend, and they can regularly be seen together. With a few doses of good food from Billy, their coats are now looking very fluffy and the signs of mange beginning to retreat, but the next step remains to treat our original fox who is still visibly irritated by it.

2019-08-16 - The little fox asleep on the beach

2019-08-16 - The little fox on the beach

Our little fox is quite busy at night too ...

Have a great weekend

Chris

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26th July 2019: Maintenance and repair of our fleet of vehicles

Beach Office - Sylvain Clayton, Seasonal Boat Operator

Hi, my name's Sylvain Clayton and I'm a Seasonal Safety Boat Operative at Worthing Beach Office.

This September, I'm starting a cadetship within the Merchant Navy as an engineer, and recently have been able to help more in the maintenance of the variety of vehicles at the seafront office - under supervision by one of our Foreshore Inspectors who is a fully qualified engineer.

Maintenance and repair of our fleet of vehicles is an important part of what we do at the Beach Office. Recently we've had to replace the axle bearings on our Polaris beach buggy. As someone with aspirations of a career in engineering, it was really useful to be able to lend a hand in the repair.

We took off the wheels, disconnected the steering and suspension arms then took out the bearings. We then carefully cleaned, degreased then re-lubricated all the parts that were in need of some attention. Unfortunately, and despite my best intentions and efforts, one of the clips which held in a bearing snapped whilst I was taking it out ... Oops!

This meant we had to put the vehicle out of use whilst we waited for a new clip to arrive. The team thought it best to order a few extra, just in case. When the clip arrived, we finished the repair, checked everything worked as it should do whilst still within our compound, and then took the vehicle on a careful test ride on the beach.

Overall it was a really useful experience that taught me a lot about motor vehicle repairs. I had previously restored an antique metal lathe and it was interesting to see how many of the fittings and parts were similar. I'm looking forward to continue developing my skills as an engineer both here at the Beach Office and in the future wherever my career might take me!

Photo: Sylvain replacing the axle bearings on the Beach Office Polaris beach buggy

2019-07-26 - Sylvain Clayton replacing the axle bearings on the Beach Office Polaris beach buggy

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19th July 2019: 'Steven Seagull' visits Worthing

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Normally these guys are pretty bulletproof, shaking off most knocks but even the Herring Gulls robustness is no match for the common car.

Back on the blog this week after months off of it, nothing has changed and every day presents a new challenge in some form or another. As you know, at the Beach Office we occasionally work on behalf of our emergency services with various tasks, but every so often it's our native fauna that needs rescuing, not the human kind.

We've probably had one a fortnight, Herring gulls are in the wars at the moment, either ingesting baited hooks complete with line and weight or suffering from impacts such as fast moving vehicles or cycles.

A concerned member of the public came into the office to report a Gull in need on the beach at West buildings shelter sporting a limp wing. I made my way down and dressing for the occasion with safety specs, gloves, a towel in hand and an animal carrier box - swooping up the dehydrated critter and safely contained it in the vented box.

Once back at base, the contained Gull was kept in our office in the shade until Wadars Animal Rescue came to collect him or her for treatment.

Wadars are a lifeline for us and always assist in taking injured animals off our coastline. For a charity they offer a fantastic service and definitely deserve a shout out.

We seem to be attracting an abundance of wildlife this year, with what seems like everything making it clear they want to live in the Boathouse or in the office. Our 'very common' Grey seal watches us from time to time and our resident beach Pheasant still patrols up and down between the Pier and the Lido, teasing our two resident urban foxes who I'm glad to say have now successfully received mange treatment and are looking bushier and brighter already!

Hopefully 'Steven Seagull' will recover quickly and be back harassing Promenaders for food in the very near future.

2019-07-19 - Seagull

Let's see what next week brings ...

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12th July 2019: Learning lifesaving skills

Beach Office - Naomi Tinkler, one of the Beach Office team

Hi I'm Naomi Tinkler. I joined the Beach Office team a couple of weeks ago, looking for a part time job over the summer to improve on my skills and experience.

I heard about this opportunity through Worthing College, as I chose to undertake some work experience and through one of my courses this job was offered. Immediately I was interested in what the role offered and what the team does.

After two days of work experience which I enjoyed, they mentioned an opportunity of a summer job after college. I applied online and not long after got a job interview, eventually starting once I had finished my course work and studies.

Throughout my first week, I undertook the role of pier patrols, at first having someone with me so they could help me learn the bylaws of the historic structure in its busiest time of the year. By my second day I was out on patrol solo!

The most interesting event to take place this week was when we had the Beaver Scouts visit a group of boys and girls at six to eight years of age. We had the quad bikes, Jet Ski, all terrain buggy and safety boats out for the children climb all over.

2019-07-12 - Beaver Scouts on our safety boat

We gave them a little speech about our job and what we do along the beach of Worthing. Teaching them also about the international distress hand signals and how to use the many throwlines positioned all along the foreshore, just in case they ever see someone that is in need of help.

I tasked them with teaching their parents with these essential skills when they got home.

They had so much fun and they wanted to learn more, so hopefully they will come back again. I really enjoyed this day, so much fun and a chance to pass on some skills that just might save someone's life!

2019-07-12 - Beaver Scouts on our safety boat enjoying themselves

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28th June 2019: What's a typical day at Worthing Beach Office? There isn't one!

Beach Office - Sylvain Clayton, Seasonal Boat Operator

Hi, I'm Sylvain Clayton, Seasonal Boat Operator, at the Beach Office.

I was approached by a member of staff at Worthing College whilst at a careers meeting about whether I wanted a job at the Beach Office. At first I thought she was joking because it seemed like an ideal opportunity and she asked me in the most offhand way I could've expected.

I applied online for the job and a matter of days later had the interview and had secured the job.

I started working the day after my exams had finished and straight away I was out on patrol on a quad bike with supervision. After two days I was out on patrol on my own and thrown in the deep end.

On my first couple of patrols, I found a fair bit of litter, two dead seagulls and poo bags that definitely did not contain dog waste!

If you were to ask me what tasks might be typical of a working day at the Beach Office, I would be hard pressed to answer that. Some days have gone from shovelling pebbles off of the cycle path at Windsor Lawns to chasing speeding jet skis in a matter of a half hour.

Most days start with a quad bike patrol on which anything can happen, though most of the time it is informing dog walkers that their pet is not allowed on the beach between Splash Point and Heene Road.

On one patrol, we cleared about 10 metres of netting that had wrapped itself around a groyne, and whilst we weren't able to save any of the fish that had been caught in it, we were able to save most of the crabs which was very satisfying.

With aspirations of following a career in the Merchant Navy, I could not have imagined a more ideal summer job, being able to soak up the sun and be working outdoors by the beach six days of the week!

Photo: Sylvain Clayton, Foreshore Inspector, on patrol

2019-06-28 - Sylvain Clayton, Foreshore Inspector, on patrol

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14th June 2019: Discarded fishing gear

Beach Office - Chris Warren, Seasonal Beach Patrol Officer

Hi, I'm Chris Warren, a Seasonal Safety Boat Operator at the Beach Office.

My background is in conservation science. I have a degree in Conservation Biology and previously worked for an organisation called Sea Shepherd as a bridge officer where we patrolled the Vaquita Refuge in Mexico, pulling up illegal gillnets and catching poachers in the act with the assistance of the Mexican Navy.

Studies suggest that half of the plastic in the ocean is composed of discarded fishing gear. This ghost gear floats freely around our oceans, wrapping around itself until it ends up a ball of skeletal mass as diverse as the life in our oceans.

Off the coast of Mexico I've pulled up dozens of illegal nets containing everything from turtle skeletons to decomposing dolphins, but no matter what you find it never gets easier to witness.

By far the hardest to witness was a decomposing leatherback turtle. It's buoyancy held the entire anchored net in suspension. The smell was unbearable as we approached, and we could feel what must have been an agonising experience for this beautiful animal. As we cut the final piece of net from around its neck the turtle inflated, we felt it catch the final breath it had struggled so desperately to catch, the way I describe it is - the soul finally left the animal. The shell opened up, staining the sea red.

Here on Worthing beach on World Ocean Day (8th June) we found several nets adrift. One with several dead dogfish, and the other predominantly spider crabs. The dogfish had very little chance of survival, but the crabs certainly seemed relieved to be free. I expected a pinch, but they were extremely docile after continuously wrapping their legs up in the net until it took us a very long time to disentangle.

Ultimately, these animals want to stay alive as much as you or I, and so for them our efforts literally mean the world. It is an incredibly satisfying feeling, and makes a big difference to the safety and future of our oceans.

We massively appreciate the help from the two members of the general public who called in the net and assisted in the disentanglement.

Photos: Discarded fishing gear

2019-06-14 - Discarded fishing gear

2019-06-14 - Discarded fishing gear on the beach

Photo: Spider Crab

2019-06-14 - Spider Crab

Photo: Dogfish

2019-06-14 - Dogfish

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7th June 2019: Learning how to patrol the beach

Beach Office - Ellie Evans, Seasonal Safety Boat Operator

Hi there, I'm Ellie Evans and I am a Seasonal Safety Boat Operator working with the Beach Office this summer.

I have come from a completely different kind of job, previously being a health care assistant, so I am enjoying this new challenge.

I have currently been working here a whole month now and have learnt lots so far. My first week included learning about the job role and what responsibilities I have in this position. I have learnt how to patrol the beach in order to prevent incidents and accidents happening before they do. Unfortunately, there was no such chance of avoiding an incident that occurred in my first week on the job...

In my first week of training I was out on patrol with my colleague Tim and was called down by a member of the public in regards to his grandad who had had a little stumble. We located the gentleman sitting at the park by the Perch in Lancing. With my medical background I assessed the gentleman's ankle, which he complained was throbbing and had been for the past couple of days.

With no visible or obvious damaged, I had advised him to keep off the ankle and to pop some ice on the affected area. Also suggesting that it was probably best that he went to his local GP for a more thorough assessment. After this we managed to get his family member to be escorted up onto the park to come and collect the gentleman. All was well and the family left with smiles all round.

So far my favourite part of the job is meeting new people every day and helping to provide a safe environment for the public to use. I also enjoy spending my time on the quad bikes patrolling the beach - this gives me the opportunity to not only patrol, but also to help clear up the beach (you will tend to see me off the quad bike and litter picking)! Currently, I am working on my level 2 powerboat qualification alongside my day to day duties.

So if you see me clearing the beach or out on patrol, be sure to come and say hello!

Ellie

2019-06-07 - Ellie Evans, Seasonal Safety Boat Operator,with one of the Beach Office Patrol ATVs

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31st May 2019: Seagull rescue!

Beach Office - Chris Warren, Seasonal Beach Patrol Officer

Hello. I'm Chris Warren, 25, from North West England. I've come to Worthing to work seasonally on Beach Patrol. I'd happily be doing something like this for nothing in return because I value the role it plays in the community and for the environment, and I also simply enjoy patrolling in such a beautiful location.

On Bank Holiday Monday (6th May 2019) we received a call out to Worthing Pier. We were briefed that a seagull had become entangled and was in distress on the pier, anchored down by something small but heavy. Myself and Rob, a Foreshore Inspector at Worthing Beach Office, responded immediately armed with a net, tin snips and a cardboard box.

Upon arrival at the end of the pier it was quickly apparent that the seagull was no longer there, as we had been advised might be the case by passing pier-goers. We noticed a few people looking over the side and sure enough there was our gull, looking rather uncomfortable.

We were not equipped to attempt a rescue from such a distance, so Rob quickly set about asking the local pier fishermen for a suitable net. Meanwhile, I kept an eye on the bird. I could see that its left wing and beak were constrained by translucent fishing line, preventing it from taking flight as well as an object holding the bird down.

Equipped with a long net capable of reaching the sea level, Rob returned with a local fisherman and begun attempting to catch the bird. As the net was lowered the bird was dragged by the strong tidal current underneath the pier, preventing Rob from controlling the position accurately whilst out of view. I moved to where I had eyes on the situation and directed Rob's efforts to catch the bird. With several near misses and a crowd massing to spectate, the pressure was on.

The net came down for a final pass under the bird as the crowd roared to heave, and up came the gull, met with cheers of relief. With the wire cut and the hook drawn out of the gull's beak, the bird looked well. I lowered the bird into the box, and with one final show of disgust as I closed the lid, it gave me a bite that almost took skin off through work gloves! I didn't hold it against the bird, I think I'd have been a bit hacked off as well if I'd taken a hook through the jaw and almost drowned entangled in plastic line.

Back at the Beach Office I took the box to the slipway where I gently opened it. Strong winds, plenty of room, perfect for take-off were it not for the box. With a stumble and a few big wing beats the gull was up soaring once again.

About five seconds later the adrenaline clearly wore off and it stalled into the sea to catch a break, but certainly seemed well enough to fly on to a full recovery. Fair winds my feathered friend.

Gulls may get on our nerves now and then, be it the deafening squawk, a barrage of guano all over our vehicles or stealing our chips, but the fact remains - These birds have character near and dear to the hearts of many of us who hail from seaside towns around the UK and even around the world, so when one is at risk of drowning you can't help but go to great lengths to end that suffering.

I've helped to rescue hundreds of animals during my work at sea; It doesn't matter if it's a colossal whale or a tiny crab, knowing you've made a difference to the environment and to the life of an animal, a life as important to it as your life is to you, is worth getting out of bed in the morning and certainly helps you sleep at night.

2019-05-10 - Releasing the seagull on the beach

2019-05-10 - Releasing the seagull on the beach - watching it fly away

Have a great weekend

Chris

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24th May 2019: Developing a programme of training and experiences

Beach Office - Tim Winter, Foreshore Inspector

Hi, I'm Tim, one of your Foreshore Inspectors at Worthing Beach Office.

I joined the team two years ago as a Seasonal Boat Operator, working the five month summer season as safety boat crew. Just over a year ago a vacancy arose for a full time Foreshore Inspector and I signed up.

Before joining the team, I had a brilliant career training and managing teams of engineers for some of the biggest and well known financial services companies in the UK.

Throughout the winter months, I have been working with Worthing College and the career placement team to develop a programme of training and experiences for students interested in a public service career.

We have hosted eight students on work experience, most of which have now applied for the summer position. It's been fantastic to see so many enthusiastic candidates who view this opportunity as a career stepping stone.

In the past week I have been delivering training courses that I wrote during the winter period, these covering the skills required to operate our all terrain vehicles, boats and jet skis. It's been great seeing the students taking the helm of the safety boat for the first time and with this comes the journey to become expert.

The training modules are based around and follow the principles set out by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and culminates in formal qualification.

With two more eager seasonal staff joining the team in July, the Beach Office is most certainly optimistic and excited for the summer season ahead!

Photo: Me (Tim Winter - at the right) training some of last year's staff ahead of the summer

2019-05-24 - Training session at the Beach Office

Photo: Two of our training booklets

2019-05-24 - Two of our training booklets

Photo: One of our jet skis at the Beach Office

2019-05-24 - One of our jet skis at the Beach Office

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10th May 2019: What's been appearing on the beach this week?

Beach Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Tommy and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the beach office.

This week on the foreshore area you may have seen some construction work going on between us at the beach office and the pier this week, this is due to (WOW) Worthing observation wheel, and this is our newest seafront attraction that has been purposely built for Worthing. Once the wheel has been erected it will measure a total of 46 meters high which makes it the highest observation wheel to be placed in the south east of England.

At the start of the week we recovered a 45 gallon oil drum which had been washed up opposite Brooklands; this oil drum had emulsified oil in it due to it being in the sea for a long time. It was completely rusted over so we didn't know where it came from but we got it removed from the beach as soon as possible. We use a specialist contractor to ensure any pollution is minimised and the contents are disposed of correctly.

2019-05-10 - The 45 gallon oil drum which had been washed up on the beach opposite Brooklands

2019-05-10 - The 45 gallon oil drum close up which had been washed up on the beach opposite Brooklands

Since the start of the month we have gained another two members of staff due to the start of the summer season, Chris and Ellie.

Within the first two days we had one of the seasonal staff assist our foreshore inspector Rob dove in rescuing a sea gull that had been caught up under the pier structure and had become tangled in fishing line. Due to this they managed to rescue the bird with a local fisherman's landing net and managed to bring it back to the beach office where we decided to release the bird as it was unharmed and able to fly.

Our new staff each bring complimentary skills to our service. Chris is a marine mammal medic and he is sure to be able to put his skills to good use in his time with us.

Have a great weekend

Your foreshore inspector, Tommy Broad

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26th April 2019: Littering on the seafront

Beach Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Rob and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

Right under our noses, at a time when I assumed attitudes were changing and littering was seen just as socially unacceptable as not picking up mess after your dog ... it's hard to not get frustrated when littering is being done deliberately and without a care.

As you can see from the photo, the offence was committed right outside the Beach Office around our free to use deck chairs. If the culprits had been witnessed leaving the site in this state a fixed penalty notice of £50 would have been issued to them if they did not return and pick up the rubbish and dispose of it correctly.

2019-04-26 - Litter on the beach - right outside the Beach Office, around our free to use deck chairs

It really can lower morale on a sunny day when beach goers have to sit amongst rubbish blowing along the beach and into the water; adding to the plastic pandemic that is already affecting the English Channel.

All this said many of you are passing through the Beach Office, collecting litter picking equipment and helping the Council clean up drifting rubbish and detritus our sea leaves behind.

One such group that put in a herculean effort on Tuesday was the Worthing McDonald's team who walked from the pier to the Sea Lane Cafe in Goring and back, collecting a huge bounty of plastics from the tide line.

2019-04-26 - The Worthing McDonald's team with the bags of rubbish they picked up during their beach clean

It's great to see businesses based in our town taking the issue seriously and putting in the hours to assist in cleaning up litter, sadly much of which is mainly takeaway food packaging.

Speaking to the McDonald's volunteers they were keen to re-visit another time soon and keep looking into ways of reducing plastic from their packaging.

If you would like to do a beach clean as part of your work's team, please go online to the Adur & Worthing Councils' website, search 'open space events' and fill out the online form.

Alternatively, if passing the Beach Office with friends, why not come in and sign out equipment.

Help create a cleaner local marine environment and change some mindsets along the way.

OVER ... OUT ...

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19th April 2019: Pier of the Year, boat ramps, Easter and deckchairs

Beach Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

Hello my name is Tommy and I'm your designated blogger for this week at Worthing Beach Office.

This week on the Foreshore scene the big news is that we have won Pier of the Year. It's the second that we've won the award with the first being in 2006. This of course got quite a lot of attention, and on Monday we had BBC television crews coming down to film on our pier for that evening's showing.

Along with our prime pier of the year, the boat ramps along the seafront have been cleared by excavators ready for the summer season. Allowing myself and the rest of the team to have better access to the sea from the beaches during our busiest period of the year.

One of these ramps is at the Beach Office so that we can start our summer water patrols, another is at the Worthing Sailing Club and the last is at Alinora Crescent in Goring where the public are allowed to launch their personal vessels from.

With the Easter weekend approaching alongside some warmer weather, we at the Beach Office have been servicing our vehicles and inspecting our equipment so that they are in their best conditions for the coming summer months. We have also been prepping training manuals for our seasonal staff that will be joining us from the first week of May for a week of intensive training.

Also joining us this week for the first time since the end of last summer are Worthing's beach deckchairs! Free to the public between the pier and the lido area, they will be available between 9am and 5pm at our office. All we ask is that you return them home.

Another addition to our seafront are the new big black bins which are situated along the promenade. We ask that when leaving the beach you please take all your rubbish with you and use these provided bins, as we want to keep our beaches as clean as we can for your pleasure and also for the safety of our treasured marine life.

Have an amazing Easter weekend!

You can find out more about our pier here:

Your Foreshore Inspector, Tommy Broad

2019-04-18 - A deckchair on the beach with Worthing Pier in the background

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