Coastal Office: Foreshore Inspectors 
(previously called the Beach Office)

About the Coastal Office:

Beach Office

The Coastal 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”!

Amanda Falconer, Rebecca Belleni, Rob Dove, Tommy Broad and Wayne Hobden are our main bloggers at the Coastal 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 Amanda's, Rebecca's, Rob's, Tommy's and Wayne'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.

15th January 2021: The invisible killer in our oceans

Coastal Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

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

Something I wanted to cover in this week’s story is fishing gear, and whether all of you are aware as to how damaging it can be to our precious marine life.

Through either being discarded or lost overboard from a vessel, fishing gear is the largest source of plastic pollution in the sea and is estimated to make up 90% of plastic debris in some areas on the planet.

Once a net or fishing debris has been lost overboard it becomes a ghost net - one of the worst types of pollution in our oceans. Ghost nets, often nearly invisible to the naked eye, cause an unthinkable amount of damage to our oceans and its inhabitants.

All species of sea life are unfortunately in danger. Netting can smother coral and kill smaller species or the net will drift into the open where it will eventually make contact with a larger species such as a whale or dolphin.

Once the net has caught something large out in the open the animal will eventually die and the weight of the dead animal will sink to the sea floor with the net. Scavengers will be waiting to feed on the carcass once it touches the sea bed.

When the animal is completely devoured right down to the bone and removed from the netting, the net will once again release into the current and the cycle will be repeated time and time again.

So, how can you help the problem?

Well a number of people have taken to persuading the government directly in a bid to stop supertrawling. At last count more than 47,000 signing a petition calling on ministers to rethink the policy now the UK has left the European Union. If it reaches 100,000 then there will be a debate in parliament.

As a Coastal Warden, I know first-hand how much destruction these nets can cause to our marine life. I‘ve seen countless amounts of dead animals washed ashore tangled in mass netting, all throughout the year. There is always lost or disposed netting lurking just beneath the surface.

Hope you all have a great weekend, stay safe.

2021-01-15 - Ghost Netting at the Coastal Office

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8th January 2021: The unusual Goose Barnacle

Coastal Office - Wayne Hobden, Coastal Warden

Hello my name is Wayne, Coastal Warden, and I'm your designated blogger for this week at the Coastal Office.

First of all, happy new year to you all and hope you all had a nice Christmas as best as you could. As we enter our third lockdown and with the hope of an end in sight with the rolling out of the vaccines, I'm sure that we can all continue to do our bit and follow government advice.

If you've been using our stretch of coastline for your daily exercise, there's a chance you may have spotted something strange on the shingle ahead of Christmas.

Laying on the beach just east of Worthing's Splash Point was a large wooden log (approximately 7 foot long) washed up with lots of strange alien-like creatures clinging to it. These subsequently turned out to be Goose Barnacles.

2021-01-08 - A large wooden log washed up on Worthing Beach covered in Goose Barnacles

Goose Barnacles live attached to rocks, ships, ropes or flotsam floating out at sea. They've even been spotted on a chunk of spaceship that washed up in the Isles of Scilly! They are also known as a Gooseneck Barnacle and have a long fleshy stem that looks like a black neck. The stem or peduncle is topped with a chalky white shell that houses the main body of the barnacle.

Barnacles are a type of crustacean, related to crabs and lobsters. Goose Barnacles filter feed on plankton and detritus, capturing it from the water with their specially adapted legs. In many places in the world they are a delicacy - in fact, in days gone by, any ships arriving in Cornwall with Goose Barnacles on the hull were a real money spinner. The Goose Barnacles would be scraped from the hull and sold for food.

How to identify them:

Goose Barnacles are unmistakable. They grow in dense aggregations on flotsam, with delicate chalky white shells anchored to the object with a fleshy black stalk. They are traditionally located along the west and south-west coasts of the UK, especially after storms.

I hope you learned something new about this strange looking piece of marine life. If you would like to find out more on Goose Barnacles see:

Stay safe and here's to a hopeful 2021 and the light at the end of the tunnel.

2021-01-08 - Goose Barnacles

2021-01-08 - Goose Barnacles - close up

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18th December 2020: Reflecting on 2020

Coastal Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

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

Christmas can be a time of reflection, and looking back this has been a manic, unpredictable and challenging year to say the least.

Record numbers visiting our shores, one of the hottest summers on record and building a new, confident and professional team have all been challenges this year. Even with all these hurdles presenting themselves, the team has pushed through, learnt and bounced back stronger every time.

No doubt the initial part of 2021 and the spring will have similar restrictions to what we currently have and lots of staycations after that. So from my end, the plan ahead is to once again prepare for larger than normal numbers visiting our shoreline and adapt the lessons learnt.

Throughout 2020, we have been creating something unique at the Coastal Office. Not only are our 'bread and butter' duties, that of water and public safety, but we are focusing on working parallel with conservation and enhancing our local marine environment; of which we have some exciting long-term projects in the pipeline.

No one can deny that we are in a climate crisis and as Coastal Wardens the natural environment, preservation and restoration of habitats is not only of keen personal interest to us but something we are actively working within to deliver for Worthing and the surrounding areas.

Personally, I would like to thank my team for their tremendous effort this year and the passion shown for the job and to you, the public, who have supported us throughout this complex year every step of the way.

Here's to a fun, healthy and sociable 2021! Happy Christmas.

2020-12-18 - Merry Christmas from the Coastal Office

Photo: Tommy, Wayne and Rob from the Coastal Office team on Worthing seafront (Credit: Cuttlebone Photography)

2020-12-18 - Tommy, Wayne and Rob from the Coastal Office team on Worthing seafront (Credit - Cuttlebone Photography)

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11th December 2020: Old phones to the Rescue

Coastal Office - Rebecca Belleni, Support Assistant

Hi my name is Rebecca and I am your designated blogger this week.

I wanted to focus this week's story on a very positive project you may have noticed we are promoting on the promenade with the dolphin sign reading 'Old Phones to the Rescue'.

In brief, we launched this project alongside Whale and Dolphin Conservation after a busy summer on the coast where numerous waterlogged and lost phones were never claimed. I wanted to find a way to put these old phones to a good cause and help marine life.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation are a leading charity in the protection of marine mammals. They work globally through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research, rescue and education to work towards a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

After only four weeks from launching the project with the dolphin sign being out on display, we have had a tremendous reaction from the public. To date we have sent away over 50 mobile phones to be recycled. This is a fantastic achievement in such a short space of time.

2020-12-11 - Old Phones to the Rescue, Dolphin sign and sack on Worthing Beach

The recycling project is as simple as dropping in any old phones to us at the Coastal Office. These can be working or not and old or new. They are sent for recycling and the funds raised through recycling go straight into Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

The four main elements they work tirelessly on are:

  • To end captivity
  • Stop whaling
  • Create healthy seas
  • Prevent deaths in nets

Whales and Dolphins play an important role in keeping our marine environment balanced. They are an integral part of the ecosystem and without these larger marine mammals, (whales, dolphins, seals and sharks) prevalent in our seas to eat smaller inhabitants such as fish and squid, things start to shift and populations of certain smaller prey begin to increase in number, which then causes a higher demand for lower down the food chain.

This will eventually affect and disrupt the natural balance of other wildlife and the health of our marine environment; even down to the sea flora, seagrass and kelp which not only help trap and stabilize sediments, but allow shorelines to accrete and disperse wave energy, therefore reducing coastal erosion. These larger animals in our seas have a significant impact in stabilizing their environment and beyond to our coastal shores.

I want to thank you all so far who have come by to ask more about the project and donated old phones. It has been refreshing to have so many people pop in to find out more and bring in phones to recycle.

Worthing Coastal Office is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. If you are doing a declutter prior to Christmas then please drop off the old tech to us and help us aid this cause to protect the seas and our marine life that inhabit it.

2020-12-11 - Dolphin swimming (copyright Rebecca Belleni)

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4th December 2020: Longshore drift

Coastal Office - Amanda Falconer, Foreshore Inspector

Hi my name is Amanda and I am your designated blogger for this week at the Coastal Office.

Did you know that Worthing once had lovely sandy beaches? Yes, this was once the case, but with the threat of Worthing flooding in the early 19th century, sea defences had to be deployed so groynes were built west of Worthing in 1804 and the esplanade was built between 1819 and 1821 to act as a further sea defence.

The presence of groynes led to an accumulation of shingle and Worthing's fine sands were replaced by the pebbly beach we know today. Although not quite as nice on the feet, shingle beaches are a hugely important part of our sea defence along the south coast, acting as a cushion against the pounding waves ... but they are on the move!

Over the centuries, because the wind and waves usually come from the south west, the shingle has moved along the coast towards the east. It does not take many days of watching to see that our shoreline is constantly changing, especially after a storm.

You may be thinking why is this ...

Well, waves approach the shore at an angle named the Zig Zag route; the reason for all the movement is called Longshore drift.

Image: Longshore drift, © copyright of Internet Geography

2020-12-04 - Longshore Drift - Copyright of Internet Geography

To explain this system, let's follow the life of a pebble. A wave under the influence of the winds approaches the coast at an angle. As the wave breaks, it carries the pebble up the beach with its forward momentum. The backwash of the wave trickles straight down the beach and the pebble rolls with it. The pebble is now in a new position on the beach and ready to be moved forward again by the next wave.

There are several factors that influence Longshore drift, including the number of days in a year where winds come from one direction, the strength of the winds and the distance that waves have to travel in which to build up their height and power.

Longshore drift is a major civil engineering operation in Worthing. When walking along the seafront you may sometimes spot tractors on the beach grading the shingle, and this is to ensure it's spread evenly to protect people and property flooding.

Next time there's a storm approaching, why not take a stroll along the shingle before and after its arrival to see for yourself the difference in terrain. I think you'll be quite surprised!

The sea is a magical beast that should be respected at all times.

Photo: Shoreham Beach looking across to Worthing

2020-12-04 - Shoreham Beach looking across to Worthing

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27th November 2020: #2minutebeachclean

Coastal Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

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

This week on the seafront we have had quite a lot of rubbish wash up along our coastline, this, unfortunately, is mainly plastic pollution. With lockdown ending next week and us announced as being in tier two, we would like to see more of you coming down to the beach to help keep the coast clean.

As you may have seen on passing, we have our two minute beach clean board outside our office just next to the lido. You can take a picture of you doing the beach clean and share it on your social media with the hashtag #2minutebeachclean - doing this you can see all the others that have helped look after our beach and marine life along with yourself.

This isn’t just a great way to help our environment but it’s also great for our own wellbeing; physically by keeping us active walking up and down the shingle and also mentally, feeling ten feet tall after filling a bag of rubbish knowing that it’s not going to end up back in our waters.

We loan out the litter picking equipment here at the Coastal Office for all to use. On return of the equipment, we wash it down and use anti-bac to sanitize, helping us all keep safe.

It’s as simple as coming into our office, asking to use our equipment and us lending it out. If you have collected a large amount of rubbish then we ask that you leave it in one of the bins along the promenade or if you manage to get a full bag and can’t get it in a bin, bring it back to the office and we can help dispose of it.

We ask that you all keep in mind that social distancing is still in place, so if you are planning to do it in a group it can only be up to six people at a time and we ask that only one member of the group comes into the office to collect the gear to use.

Looking forward to seeing you on the front, we’re always interested if you find anything out of the ordinary!

Have a great weekend and stay safe.

2020-11-27 - Tommy outside the Coastal Office

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13th November 2020: Kingmere Reef

Coastal Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

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

As part of our ongoing plan to freshen up the outside of the Coastal Office, it received an injection of colour and information this week.

The new glossy poster we have placed outside was achieved through working alongside the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), to whom we are very grateful.

Ultimately we see our roles as Coastal Wardens first and foremost providing beach safety, but equally promoting and preserving our local marine environment. This new poster gives a fantastic insight into a unique, thriving environment just off our coastline called Kingmere Reef.

Kingmere is a marine conservation zone (MCZ) and is unique in so many ways, but mainly due to the unique chalk reef habitat it boasts of which is between 78-92 million years old and supports over 280 species; all of which choose to call it home.

2020-11-13 - Black Bream

Kingmere is also a crucial spawning ground for Black Bream (Spondyliosoma cantharus). This handsome fish visits the south coasts warmer waters every year to spawn and Kingmere has always been a favourite destination. These fish use the provided habitat to breed, nest and nurture the eggs until they hatch. Interestingly the males will then guard the eggs, fanning them from sediment and chasing away predators until successful hatching has taken place.

These fish are very sought after by both commercial Fishermen and Anglers. Commercial restrictions are in place during the breeding season. Therefore, Anglers, although the temptation will be there, please release any larger specimens caught during the months of April to May - as these will be the male fish out for a quick feed and will be needed to protect the eggs until they hatch.

Be sure to swing by and have a look at the graphics, one of a few we are aiming to produce for outside our workplace.

2020-11-03 - Kingmere Reef

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6th November 2020: Starling Murmuration

Coastal Office - Rebecca Belleni, Support Assistant

Hi my name is Rebecca and I am your designated blogger this week.

As we all know, things have changed ever so quickly in the space of a few days for England. We have now entered the second lockdown phase which will remain until the 2nd December.

These restrictions although limiting are not as stringent as our initial Lockdown in the Spring.

Worthing Pier will remain open (weather dependant) with the one way system in place for your safety, enjoyment and daily exercise. If you time it right, from 4pm through to sunset you may catch a natural show that takes place most evenings throughout this time of year.

The Starling murmuration is one of nature's spectacles and something so welcoming to see in a time when nature continues to bring beauty to our limited lockdown lives. The word ‘murmuration’ is the named grouping of flying starlings and is believed to come from the sound of the thousands of wings moving in the air - causing a murmuring sound.

2020-11-06 - Starlings

Starlings are a small (thrush like) bird with a glossy black plumage and metallic sheen which is speckled with white at certain times of the year. These birds are migratory and come to the UK around this time of year and stay throughout winter. They congregate and find shelter in structures such as Worthing Pier, where they roost under the decking.

As light fades these little birds gather in the skies to create a magical show over the sea and pier, like synchronized swimmers, they work together perfectly to expand and retract in a close knit formation in sequence that almost hypnotises their audience. Backlit with the orange and pink hues of the sunset from the west horizon.

We at the Coastal Office will remain open and continue to patrol daily. Please continue to follow the “hands, face, space” public health guidelines of washing your hands, wearing face coverings and social distancing when you are out and about and adhere to the one way system on the Pier.

If possible make sure to time your seafront walk with the sunset to hopefully catch a showing of the Starlings. Our theatres are currently closed but this is a performance that should not be missed.

Video: Starling Murmuration over Worthing Pier

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23rd October 2020: Beach Grading

Coastal Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

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

This week on the coast we are having the beach graded, which means that the shingle on the beach is being moved up the beach to help with the incoming winter weather.

Shingle is an important part of any sea defence system and ours is no different. Grading our coastline in this style helps to absorb some of the energy from the rough tides we're expecting over the winter season.

Additionally, we have also put in most of the storm boards now to help with the high tides we will be getting - these boards help keep the sea in the right place and help to prevent the water from breaching over the top of the beach and onto the promenade and even into the road in some places.

This work has been carried out all week long, so if you have noticed a digger on the seafront moving all the shingle around this is the reason why.

2020-10-23 - Beach Grading - moving the shingle back up the beach

Have a great weekend!

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16th October 2020: E-Scooters

Coastal Office - Wayne Hobden, Coastal Warden

Hi I'm Wayne, your designated blogger for the week at the Coastal Office.

As e-scooters grow in popularity and with Christmas on the horizon and fast approaching, where many more lucky people might find one in their stocking, this week I thought I'd dedicate a blog to them. We are seeing more of them on the promenade and seafront areas and even the pier.

Did you know that no wheeled vehicles are actually allowed on the pier? Except mobility scooters.

But, we are regularly receiving reports from members of the public who have had close calls with people on e-scooters.

E-scooters are classified as motor vehicles under the road traffic act. This means by law they actually require insurance and a valid driving license to be used!

They must also have the land owner's permission to be used on their land.

The Councils have not yet granted permission for e-scooters to be used in this area and so we are working closely with Sussex police to educate members of the public who are not aware of the rules.

We really don't want things like fines and seizures to take place, but people who are found to be breaking the rules and riding a privately owned e-scooter can risk a £300 fine, six penalty points or even losing their license!

Nobody wants this to be the case, so education is the key!

E-scooters certainly will have a place within society as their environmental benefits are clear to see, with more people taking to electric forms of transportation, ultimately meaning that there is less polluting and motor vehicles on the roads, which is great. We just want to see them used safely and in the right places.

2020-10-16 - Worthing Pier and beach

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9th October 2020: The Common Cuttlefish

Coastal Office - Rebecca Belleni, Support Assistant

Hi everyone, my name is Rebecca and I am your designated blogger down at a sunny Coastal Office on Worthing seafront. 

We're edging through October and with it the weather suddenly feels a lot more unsettled from the office window just off Worthing seafront. The Beaufort wind scale has been hitting force 7 and 8 at times, with some high tides and strong winds forcing the wardens to close the landing stage for several days as our priority is safety of the public.

These big tides bring in lots of different natural and unnatural items from the sea. One of which that may be a familiar sight to you is the white surfboard shaped bone that is abundant at times on the shingle. This is the main bone structure from one of the most spectacular creatures resident to Adur and Worthing waters, the Common Cuttlefish.

The Common Cuttlefish is a perfect species to write about on the lead up to Halloween, as it looks like something from a sci-fi or fantasy film - far from common or normal to see! This amazing species is closely related to the Octopus and Squid which make up the grouping known as Cephalopods.

Their translucent skin has the ability to change colour and texture to match the surroundings which makes it very hard for predators to see. It can change to merge with backgrounds, mesmerise prey with colours and even use this beautiful colour display to attract mates by sending pulses of colours rapidly along their bodies. This is the ultimate Halloween costume, one which is able to adapt and change so drastically.

2020-10-09 - Cuttlefish (Pixabay - 800340)

They have a similar look to their cousins with eight tentacle-like arms coming out from the beak area at the front. These are shorter than octopus tentacles but with suckers specialised for grasping its prey after it has been captured with its two longer, extendible tentacles. Once prey has been hypnotised by the colour display, these two larger tentacles move rapidly out to capture and bring it in to dine on.

If this sea chameleon hasn't transfixed you with its amazing abilities so far then having three hearts might. Cuttlefish have not one or two but THREE hearts! Two hearts are used to pump blood to the cuttlefish's large gills, and the third heart is used to circulate oxygenated blood to the rest of the body.

Our Common Cuttlefish do live a bit further out so are rarely seen when snorkelling in the shallows. However, there are times when they can be seen as I‘ve encountered some myself when snorkelling, so keep an eye out. They are very quick and when startled can go in reverse turbo, leaving a smoke screen of black ink to disorientate predators.

Video: Taken by Rebecca of a Common Cuttlefish disguising in the rocks at the start of the video before coming into view more as it then swims off

I hope that next time you are on a beach walk and come across a cuttlefish bone, you'll remember some of these fascinating facts which make the Common Cuttlefish far more interesting than you once thought ... and definitely a winner for best Halloween Costume this October.

2020-10-09 - Cuttlefish bone (Pixabay - 1331422)

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3rd October 2020: Seal Spotting

Coastal Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

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

Large sea mammals are always an indication of how healthy our waters are, and although not perfect they are proving more than satisfactory for our local seal visitors of late.

The common Grey seals are living up to their name at the moment with two sightings by my Coastal Wardens this week alone.

With the heat from the sun now tailing off and the water temperature starting to do the same, this is a plentiful time of crossover in our sea fish species with Whiting and Codling adding to our late summer stock of whom are already here, such as Bass, Bream and most of the flatfish family.

As witnessed this week, the Grey Seals are busy chasing winter whitefish along with summer Mackerel and Mullet, of which one seems to fall victim every time the seals as they emerge from the water with a successful catch in their mouth. Both of these seals have been spotted west of the pier and feeding fast in the ebbing tide. (Sorry for the blurry photo!)

2020-10-03 - A Grey Seal swimming off our beach

Like all cetaceans and seals, numbers can be blamed for a decline in fish stocks but actually on the flipside they are a great indicator as to how productive an area of water can be, they wouldn't be there if the area was void of life.

As mentioned before, if we continue to reduce single use plastics and support the reinstatement of our seabed then with the ground flora thriving once more, a solitary hunting seal will be joined by many others, scenes we haven't witnessed locally for 60 plus years.

Let's hope going forward we can find a balance for our marine wildlife to thrive and once again inhabit areas lost. Alongside this, how nice would it also be for a sustainable and productive fishing industry to run alongside in harmony.

Keep your eyes peeled, you never know what you may see!

2020-10-03 - A Grey Seal lying on a beach (Pixabay - 3281160)

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25th September 2020: Losing the fight against litter

Coastal Office - Amanda Falconer, Foreshore Inspector

Hi my name is Amanda and I am your designated blogger for this week at the Coastal Office.

I completed my Marine Conservation Society Beach Clean with Barbara Shaw and two volunteers from Beaumont School on Sunday 20th September 2020. The results of the survey can be accessed by the link below.

As you can see from the survey results, plastic, paper and glass are the dominant waste materials on our coastline. Unfortunately, this doesn't come as much of a surprise as we're constantly seeing items such as fast food packaging, drinks bottles and metal cans left stranded on the shingle.

Over the last few months, myself and the Coastal Office team have also witnessed a surge in the number of disposable face masks and gloves making their way to the seafront - adding to a flood of plastic waste that already threatens our marine life.

2020-09-25 - Face mask left on the beach

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is one of the UK's leading charities and their work to ensure that our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected is so important. Their vision is for the seas to be full of life, where nature flourishes and people can thrive.

Since 1983, the MCS has achieved major success in protecting special wildlife, tackling sewage problems, helping the seafood-buying public and influencing Government and industry.

The MCS has more than 15,000 volunteers that clean up our beaches every year and help to tackle marine litter at source. So why not join the community and become an organiser for another Worthing beach clean? There's still plenty of foreshore for you to arrange a clean and share the important results with the Marine Conservation Society.

Due to recent lockdown restrictions, increasing numbers of people have been visiting our beaches, enjoying the lovely sunshine and swimming in the sea. However, this has created tones of abandoned rubbish next to bins and left on the actual seafront itself.

We're so lucky to have such a wonderful coastal landscape right on our doorstep.

Please remember to do your part for the environment, we're all in this together.

2020-09-25 - Worthing Pier and beach

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18th September 2020: Beach Cleans

Coastal Office - Rebecca Belleni, Support Assistant

Hi everyone, my name is Rebecca and I am your designated blogger down at a sunny Coastal Office on Worthing seafront. 

This September, Worthing Coastal Office has joined forces with two key Beach Clean Organisers; Keep Britain Tidy and Marine Conservation Society. We are calling on you to do your bit to care for the environment on our doorstep.

As we all know, this year more than ever, we have seen a rise in people heading down to the coast and enjoying our seaside. Unfortunately when we all leave to go home, our wildlife is left with anything we don’t dispose of properly or take back with us. There is only one place this will end up if left on the beach and therefore our marine wildlife is under threat from litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in plastics and fishing debris amongst other things.

Litter strewn beaches are not just harmful to wildlife but as plastics breakdown in the sea they are ingested by small fish which then moves up the food chain into bigger fish and can end up on our plates as these plastic toxins are then in our food source.

Help us turn the tide on this by joining one of the two Beach Clean Operations we are running right now!

2020-09-16 - Bottles (Pexels - 802221)

The first is the Great British September Clean which is currently running and is on 11th - 27th September. This is great if you have time in the next week to come down to the Coastal Office on any of the above dates and collect bags, pickers and gloves. We can quickly brief you and then spend as little or as long as you can collecting anything off the beach which shouldn’t be there naturally.

The Marine Conservation Society Beach Clean event that we are running is solely on 20th September. This beach clean is more analysis of the litter data which is fed back to MCS for analysis. This is really beneficial from a social science perspective and this data is important to monitor the rise or fall in certain items within areas. Especially this year with the use of facemasks and disposable gloves.

If you would like to be part of this beach clean, which is limited in numbers due to the government guidelines, please contact the Coastal Office on 01903 238977.

If you can spare time over the next week to join us on either of the Beach Cleans it would be a great help. We are very fortunate to live in a beautiful coastal area and it’s something we could all take time to preserve, not only for the beauty of our beaches but for our environment and potential harm to wildlife.

Photo: Plastic bottle on Worthing seafront

2020-09-16 - Bottle on Worthing beach

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11th September 2020: Merchant Navy Day

Coastal Office - Wayne Hobden, Coastal Warden

Hi I'm Wayne, your designated blogger for the week at the Coastal Office.

If you have been for a walk on Worthing seafront recently, you may have noticed a very large flag flying proudly above the Coastal Office. This is to show our respects to Merchant Navy Day which was on the 3rd of September. The celebration takes place every year and raises awareness of the past, present and future merchant navy seafarers.

Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day has honoured the brave men and women who kept the UK afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for more than 90% of the UK's imports, including almost half the food we eat, much of the fuel we use, and virtually all the products and goods we tend to take for granted.

For the fifth year running, Seafarers UK campaigned for the Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy's official flag - to be flown on 3rd of September on civic buildings and landmark flagpoles to raise awareness to those who work at sea, wherever they may be on the world's oceans.

Parish, community, town, city, district and borough councils were all invited to take part, along with higher-tier local authorities and governments - so of course this is something we wanted to get involved in!

As a result of effective campaigning by Seafarers UK and the active participation of Merchant Navy Association members, a Red Ensign was flown ashore at more than one thousand locations all around the UK.

Photo: Flags flying on Merchant Navy Day over the Coastal Office on Worthing seafront

2020-09-11 - Flags flying on Merchant Navy Day over the Coastal Office on Worthing seafront

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28th August 2020: Respecting our waters

Coastal Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

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

The tropical weather we were taking for granted now seems a distant memory. This week's storm force 10 wind and high waves have battered our coastline and taken away all the fantastic visibility we had in our water along with the heat.

Even with the cooler temperatures and choppy seas, this still isn't putting some of you off from wanting to get near or into the water.

Worryingly, this week we've had to intercept and insist children are brought out of the water, even in the storm as sporadic groups of kids were changed into wetsuits by the parents and allowed to enter the water, even with our red danger flag flying.

I appreciate education is key, but as a parent your gut feeling more than anything will determine what you perceive to be safe for your little ones. The waves were in excess of five meters at times with a fierce undertow, which if allowed to sweep you off your feet will draw you into deeper water instantly, possibly with fatal consequences.

Thankfully all were compliant but could not see the full picture behind our demands.

Ultimately I'd like to see everyone more intune with their environment and weather as I feel as a society we are losing this skill - but it doesn't take an expert, far from it to take a minute to weigh up the risks and ultimately think “what if ...”

If you do see vulnerable people, young or old, entering the water in conditions you do not see fit, please call Worthing Coastal Office on 01903 238977 and if the situation has already developed then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Admire the power of the sea folks, but from a distance.

Keep safe!

Photo: Strong winds and choppy seas off the end of Worthing Pier

2020-08-28 - Strong winds and choppy seas off the end of Worthing Pier

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21st August 2020: Strandings on our shores

Coastal Office - Rebecca Belleni, Support Assistant

Hi everyone, my name is Rebecca and I am your designated blogger down at a breezy Coastal Office on Worthing seafront. We have had a few days of stormy seas now and with this the elements have brought white horses (white caps) riding in from the horizon and some other interesting albeit sad discoveries.

Our Thursday this week was a day of threes. We had a report of a washed up porpoise over in Goring, followed by another on Shoreham beach and then later in the afternoon a big old grey seal.

The Coastal Office will initially make sure that the animal is definitely deceased before taking the next steps with our cleansing team and park rangers to plan the removal as quickly as possible to ensure public safety as these animals can harbour various diseases.

2020-08-28 - Dead grey seal found washed up on Worthing Beach

We have some fantastic charities which we work with when there are any live animals that strand or wash up. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue are nationwide and will always attend when they are notified of any marine mammal strandings which can be a single dolphin or seal to mass strandings which is most common in Pilot Whales.

Many whale and dolphin species travel in pods (groups) and are all highly empathic and loyal to one another. Sadly, Pilot Whales are renowned for beaching themselves. They are social and remain in their mother's pod (which can contain over 100 whales) protecting the matriarch and following her dedicatedly. It is thought this contributes to the number of mass strandings as if she is beached they will all follow her into the shore.

Luckily there have been no mass strandings on our shores, and it is likely the two (porpoise and seal) which we had on Thursday had been dead for some time and washed in with the unsettled strong surge. Although it's sad it's also nature and a part of our jobs down at the Coastal Office.

We do like to try and help ascertain if the mammals that wash up have died naturally or if there is something more sinister going on such as ingested plastic, entanglement or boat strikes which are three big threats to marine life. We therefore work with the strandings team up at the Natural History Museum who will then perform an autopsy and determine cause of death and report back on any findings. This is such important and crucial work which will then feed back to what is happening in our waters and allows research to continue to help our marine life.

If you come across any marine mammal on the beach, get in touch with us at the Worthing Coastal Office.

If this animal is still alive please get in touch with British Divers Marine Life Rescue Hotline on: 01825 765546 who will start the process of sending on-call volunteers down to assist and try to refloat them back in the sea.

Photo: A grey seal out at sea swimming happily

2020-08-28 - A grey seal out at sea swimming happily (Pixabay - 316451)

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14th August 2020: Five tips to staying safe in the sun

Coastal Office - Amanda Falconer, Foreshore Inspector

Hi my name is Amanda and I am your designated blogger for this week at the Coastal Office.

Firstly, I hope everyone is enjoying the fabulous weather we have been experiencing over the last couple of days and are making the most of it on our wonderful beach.

Following the heatwave, I thought I'd share some top tips with you to ensure that you and your families are safe in the sun whilst having fun ...

Don't forget to put on sunscreen before heading to the beach and remember to reapply frequently throughout the day.

Children are safest when supervised upon arrival at the Beach. I'd highly recommend agreeing to a meeting point in case of separation. If your child does go missing calmly check your surroundings first, ensuring other children remain supervised. Contact the Coastguard or Police, keep them informed and remember to let all searchers know when the child has been found.

2020-08-14 - Worthing Pier and people paddling on the beach (viewed from the west)

Regarding tip number two, next summer the Coastal Office will be running a children safety scheme, using wristbands which you will be able to put your contact details on.

Before going to the beach, check the tide so you know if it's coming in or on its way out. Tide tables are available to purchase from our office on Worthing seafront.

Remember to keep everyone hydrated, even your fur babies if you are sitting in an area that is not in our Dog Restriction Zones - these run from Splashpoint to Heene Road and between Goring Yacht Club and the jet ski ramp at Alinora Crescent.

Please do not use inflatables if the orange windsock is flying as this indicates an offshore wind which could take you out to sea.

2020-08-14 - Worthing Pier and seafront (viewed from the east from out at sea)

I hope these tips are useful whether you're heading to a beach on Adur's and Worthing's coastline or one further afield.

Please be safe while having fun near the sea.

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7th August 2020: The Moon Jellyfish

Coastal Office - Wayne Hobden, Coastal Warden

Hi, I’m Wayne, your designated blogger this week and a new starter at the Coastal Office.

I have worked in several different roles within Adur & Worthing Councils over the years, so when the opportunity arose to become a Coastal Warden I jumped at the chance as it was something that I’d been wanting to do.

The first week in the new role was a bit of a steep learning curve. Getting to understand the procedures and the many bye laws associated with being a coastal Warden.

Some things on the other hand were a little easier to get a grip of. Being ex-military, I have a reasonable understanding of the use of the radios and voice procedure. I have also been out on the quad bikes doing west patrols (Goring Gap direction), setting up the dog restriction flags and getting to know the lay of the land.

One day whilst out on patrol I was waved down by a member of the public. A family was enjoying a day out at the beach when an eagle eyed little man by the name of Freddie had discovered a moon jellyfish washed up on the beach - these can be very common at this time of year.

Photo: The washed up Moon Jellyfish on Worthing beach

2020-08-07 - Moon Jellyfish

The moon jelly is the most common jellyfish in UK seas, often washing up on our shores. No need to worry though - it doesn't sting humans. However, it’s probably best to make sure you don’t touch them anyway!

Around the size of a plate, it’s recognisable by the four circles visible through the translucent white bell. These four circles are normally purple in colour with the moon jellyfish.

If you are stung by a jellyfish ensure you:

  • Remain calm
  • Call the Coastal Office: 01903 238977
  • Sit down
  • Flush the affected area with hot water
  • Pick any tentacles off with tweezers only
  • Hydrate yourself with water
  • Stay with someone until all symptoms pass
  • If symptoms become more severe, or a more sensitive part of the body has been stung, you should seek medical help

Our local waters are very safe below and on top, so get out there enjoy it as you would. Be prepared for the adverse should it happen, be sure to look out for each other and have fun.

Enjoy the sunshine and stay safe!

2020-08-07 - Moon Jellyfish (Pixabay 123283)

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31st July 2020: Crystal clear waters

Coastal Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

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

This week on the coast we've welcomed two new employees to Coastal Office, meaning we're now back to a full team ahead of this second spell of the summer weather.

First to join the team was our new Support Assistant Rebecca, whose blog you would have seen last week, and second was Wayne, a new Coastal Warden who I'm sure you'll get to hear from on the blog soon.

Along with the new arrivals we also have a new ATV (quad bike) that has been part exchanged with our old vehicles, so be sure to keep an eye out for our fresh faces and new vehicle as they patrol our coastline.

2020-07-31 - Our  new ATV (quad bike)

We've been out on our routine patrols on land and water, and if you've been down here in the last week you would have seen that we've had quite a bit of seaweed wash up in the surf westwards from our office. This is nothing major, but it does give off a nice pungent smell once it's been baked in this lovely weather we have been having.

Also, as soon as you get past these few meters of weed in the water it becomes crystal clear and you can see the bottom - if you are lucky you may also see some marine life!

2020-07-31 - Crystal clear waters on our beaches

If I were you and I was enjoying the beach this weekend, I'd recommend getting a snorkel and having a look at what you can spot in the clear waters.

Remember to use sunblock, stay hydrated, respect the beach and have a great weekend!

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24th July 2020: Magical marine life

Coastal Office - Rebecca Belleni, Support Assistant

Hi everyone, my name is Rebecca, your designated blogger for this week at the Coastal Office.

As you will have noticed, I am a new face for the foreshore team. I have lived on the south coast for several years after a long history of working abroad in the marine environment, initially as an underwater photographer/Divemaster and then with whales and dolphins in New Zealand before returning to home waters to focus on marine mammal conservation. I am the new Support Assistant for the office and thrilled to be sitting writing to you with a sea view and blue skies.

My first few days have been great down at the office. I have been learning the ropes on how things are run between the team and their patrols. We had Tommy launch the jetski on my first day and cover the watch on the water whilst Amanda was on the quad checking our shore areas east and west.

As a maine conservation ambassador, I am thrilled to be joining at such exciting times here at Worthing Coastal Office. We have such beautiful shorelines and sealife in this area and I hope my skills will be able to aid this further as I settle into the role, whilst adding support to the team and public from our base station.

There have been several interesting sightings in our area over the past month. I found a beautiful short snouted seahorse on Shoreham beach recently, which is one of two species found in UK waters. A rare sighting of a Basking Shark (the world's second largest fish) spotted by a fisherman in June.

2020-07-24 - Basking Shark - credit and copyright Rebecca Belleni

Photo: credit and copyright © Rebecca Belleni

There was also a small pod of Bottlenose Dolphins encountered off Shoreham by a paddle boarder last week and again this week over west off Felpham Beach.

2020-07-24 - Dolphin - credit and copyright Rebecca Belleni

Photo: credit and copyright © Rebecca Belleni

Although not a resident to this area, there have been numerous sightings along our coast this summer so far, so keep your eyes peeled while enjoying the beach as you never know what could emerge from the water!

I am only a few days into my new role but excited to be part of such a great team here at Worthing Coastal Office and look forward to helping protect it.

Enjoy the sea, keep a look out for wildlife and let us know if you spot anything exciting!

Photo: Rebecca Belleni swimming underwater - credit and copyright © Rebecca Belleni

2020-07-24 - Rebecca Belleni swimming underwater - credit and copyright Rebecca Belleni

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17th July 2020: Worthing Pier - A Local Treasure

Coastal Office - Amanda Falconer, Foreshore Inspector

Hi my name is Amanda and I am your designated blogger for this week at the Beach Office.

As some of you may be aware, Worthing Pier is undergoing an extensive refurbishment, having the decking replaced at the Southern end of the structure. This will enhance our pier’s appeal to the local people of Worthing and the thousands of tourists that visit her every year.

The attraction has a long and interesting history which has ensured that she is one of the most loved structures in Worthing.

I have put together a list of some of the most salient key dates below, and should add that before this year’s Coronavirus-related closure, the last one came back in 1933!

  • 1862 - Worthing Pier was built
  • 1889 - Pavilion erected on the pier head - later known as the Southern Pavilion
  • 1913 - Storm destroyed Southern Pavilion, it was fixed within a year
  • 1920 - Pier sold to the council
  • 1926 - Shoreward pavilion opened, Worthing Municipal Orchestra made it home
  • 1933 - Southern Pavilion destroyed by fire
  • 1935 - Reopened after £18,000 of repair costs
  • 1937 - Amusement arcade built
  • 1939 - Outbreak of the Second World War: entrance pavilion used by troops for games, a canteen and a library
  • 1946 - Pier reopened to the public. Through the years the Southern Pavilion was used as a model railway museum, a cinema and zoo
  • 1980s - It became a nightclub
  • 2005 - Club closed
  • 2014 - Southern Pavilion renovated into a cafe, performance space and wedding venue

For more photos and pier history please see:

Video: A travel through time with Worthing Pier

Old photos of Worthing Pier from the archives:

Images copyright West Sussex CC Library Service - West Sussex Past

4e The 1933 fire on Worthing Pier - photo (image copyright West Sussex Past Pictures)

3a New Pavilion on Worthing Pier - photo (image copyright West Sussex Past Pictures)

Credit and copyright for postcard image: Postcard sent in by Miss Kathie Way and The Worthing Society

Worthing Pier - view towards the beach along the length of the Pier

Photo: Worthing Pier today

2020-07-17 - Worthing Pier

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26th June 2020: Stay safe while enjoying the sunshine

Coastal Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

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

This week on the foreshore we have had some extremely hot weather. As you are probably aware, thousands of you have flocked to the coast to soak up the rays and enjoy the lovely warm sea.

In the many seasons I have been working down on the coast, I have never seen it as busy as it has been this week. Even though we are still in a pandemic, everyone wants to be by the seaside.

It's great to see so many people enjoying their time down here and most of them sticking to the local byelaws, but with all of the people comes all of the rubbish.

2020-06-26 - Rubbish left next to a bin on Worthing seafront

Bins have been overflowing most of the week, but luckily our cleansing team are on the ball and are emptying the bins more often.

This said, the dog waste bins have been filled with standard rubbish, Goring Greensward is still being burnt by BBQs, and one of my most hated things is dog walkers putting their dog's waste in a bag and then leaving it to be washed up with the next high tide ... yes the bins may be full, but don't leave it on the tide line to pollute our waters.

I was out on our safety RIB on Wednesday, and what we thought were a few jellyfish here and there were actually dog waste bags - with a number of them being full.

2020-06-26 - A full dog waste bag floating in the sea

This is two types of pollution for our water:

  • one being the dog waste itself being in the sea and reducing the water quality on our coastline
  • and the second is the plastic bag

The latter will break down into micro plastics, affect our marine life by ending up in their food chain and as a result this will also lead to micro plastics ending up in our food chain.

Please enjoy the seafront but also respect it ...

Photos: Rubbish left next to bins

2020-06-26 - Rubbish left next to a bin

2020-06-26 - Rubbish left next to bins on Shoreham Beach

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12th June 2020: Preparing for the summer season ...

Coastal Office - Amanda Falconer, Foreshore Inspector

Hi my name is Amanda and I am your designated blogger for this week at the Beach Office.

This week on the coast we have not had the greatest weather, but this hasn't stopped us putting up new signage for the jet ski lane at Marine Crescent in Worthing. This outlines the 'rules of the road' for our friends on the water.

One of the most important is that jet ski users must adhere to the eight knots limit before leaving the slow zone marked out by our lane of buoys. Once safely clear of the markers, they can enjoy themselves to their heart's content!

2020-06-12 - Water safety sign on the beach at Marine Crescent in Worthing

2020-06-12 - Water safety signs on the beach at Marine Crescent in Worthing

On Wednesday, the Coastal Office had its jet ski return from its annual service. After some help maneuvering the kit my colleague Liam, we soon had her back in the boat house - primed and ready to go for any emergencies out at sea.

Speaking of which, we will be back on the water in the next couple of days, patrolling eastwards as far as the Church of the Good Shepherd in Shoreham to the Ferring Boundary westwards.

On these patrols we'll monitor infringements regarding jet skis, power boats and do our best to keep everyone happy and safe.

2020-06-12 - Patrolling the beach from our boat

Lastly, please can we ask that cyclists slow down on Worthing Promenade. Only recently we've had a Seagull fatality after it was hit by a cyclist, and this very nearly could have been a small child. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the weather.

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5th June 2020: Respecting our open spaces

Coastal Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

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

At last we have some rain, the ground certainly needs it as it’s looking scorched and we’re only just into June!

Seared by the sun is one thing, but large areas of the grass on Goring Greensward are being scorched by the barbeque kind, leaving a patchwork of blackened earth below.

Now, I have a practical head on me and I understand the grass will bounce back in time, but it may begin to look quite defaced if this carries on, along with increased fire risk.

2020-06-05 - Burnt grass

Apart from using the green free standing barbeque stands along the plantation, please consider purchasing a disposable barbeque with wire feet or use a couple of larger stones off the beach to lift it safely off the floor...

BUT (and this is what I’m mainly trying to get across) if you do use stones PLEASE put them back on the beach once they have cooled down. I can’t emphasise this enough as along with the scotched squares of grass, our beautiful greensward is being littered with flints.

As you know, to keep our open spaces looking great the area is regularly mown with a tractor mounted rotary blade and it’s very time consuming for the operator to keep dismounting from the cab to move stones back to the beach. Not to mention the potential harm caused to the blades and operator themselves.

To ensure you are barbequing responsibility, please refer to the Councils’ webpage for guidance:

So really, it’s me asking you to help us and our key workers keep this area looking so nice for all to enjoy... at a distance of course!

OVER ... OUT ...

2020-06-05 - BBQ (Pixabay - 2396754)

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29th May 2020: Stay safe while enjoying the sunshine

Coastal Office - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector

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

This week on the coast we have been carrying out our routine patrols, keeping an eye out and enforcing the local byelaws.

The dog restriction zones are now in season, meaning dogs are not permitted on the beach between Splashpoint and Heene Road in Worthing. The same rules also apply between the two launching ramps in Goring, ranging from the sailing club to Alinora 'jet ski' ramp.

2020-05-29 - Dog Zones

If you are one of the public using the Alinora ramp, please make sure you keep your speed down to 8 knots until you have left the marked out buoy lane past the larger buoys at the end - this is also the same for returning when you are coming back into shore. Just remember the 8 knots speed limit because there could be swimmers either side of the lane!

We've also noticed that since the lockdown began there have been a lot more cyclists whizzing along the promenade. The promenade is a shared place for pedestrians and cyclists, so just be aware of your surroundings. If you are a cyclist, keep your speed down as you can never tell when something will run out in front of you - it's better to be safe than sorry.

Unfortunately there have also been a lot more people unaware of the no cycling part of the promenade which starts from George V Avenue and heads west towards Ferring.

Lastly, some of you may have noticed that myself and the team have also had a change in uniform this week, as we've traded in the blue and black clothing for some green shirts and some new khaki tactical trousers - both of which are a lot more breathable and appropriate for the quickly approaching summer season.

The new change has also seen us go from Foreshore Inspectors to new Coastal Wardens.

Enjoy the sunshine!

2020-05-29 - Worthing Pier

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22nd May 2020: Learning the ropes

Coastal Office - Amanda Falconer, Foreshore Inspector

Hi my name is Amanda and I am your designated blogger for this week at the Beach Office.

I've sent The Beach Office into meltdown being the first female Foreshore Inspector ever in Worthing!

My first day with the team was certainly one to remember, as I was thrown into the deep end when a bomb was discovered on Lancing beach. The ordnance piece, suspected to be from the Second World War, caused quite a stir on the seafront, and it was subsequently detonated by the bomb disposal unit after the initial cordon was set out by the Beach Office team.

It’s been a very steep learning curve, taking on all the bye laws and understanding how to use all the equipment at the coastal office - from VHF Radio etiquette to learning how to drive the quad bikes and navigate the beach terrain during our patrols. It has also been really interesting learning about all the Flora and Fauna the beach has to offer.

On my second day the government announced relaxation of lockdown and the beach became a heaving mass of people enjoying the sunshine and some even enjoying a dip in the sea.

On my third day my Boss had me down for an art session, as I was on my knees painting yellow chevrons to denote the new one way system on Worthing Pier. Keep your eyes peeled for more signage coming over the next couple of days! We were also able to open the landing deck so we had some very Happy Fishermen return to our award-winning structure.

I am really learning this job from the ground up, but I wish the boys would learn how to put the toilet seat down!!!

Until next time, stay safe.

Photo: Worthing Pier

2020-05-22 - Worthing Pier

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15th May 2020: Not your average piece of shingle...

Coastal Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

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

Everyone and everything is now heading to the coast of late, and a guest arrived on Wednesday that's taken 75 years to get here.

Wednesday morning a concerned member of the public informed us of a suspected piece of ordnance that had come ashore on Lancing Beach near Brooklands Park.

My colleague Tommy immediately came away from a routine west patrol and headed to the reported location to cautiously conform the item to the best of his knowledge. Police and myself were not far behind and set out the safety cordon.

Without over confirming, Tommy was certain it was an ordnance piece and whilst all working to keep the public out of any harms way, we awaited bomb disposal to arrive on site.

The item was small with a 50mm diameter and more than likely a historic piece of equipment from the Second World War. As to how and why it entered our coastline that day we can only guess ...

2020-05-15 - 50mm diameter suspected piece of ordnance found on Lancing Beach (May 2020)

We all know if we could lift the English Channel it would be littered with sorts of ship and plane wrecks, which ironically now offer vital marine habitat for sea life.

Once on scene, disposal relocated the object to the water's edge and safely detonated.

Photo: The disposal of another 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

Never an ordinary day...

OVER ... OUT ...

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17th April 2020: Our pier is alive with life of a different kind

Coastal Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

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

A few weeks have now passed since Worthing Pier was closed to the public, but by no means has it been quiet there. As part of our daily safety and security checks, when on the pier me and my team have noticed a completely different environment.

Offering a deserted space in which to now nest and roost, the structure is alive with birdlife taking advantage of the situation.

Rock Doves (Columba livia) are now busy making nests undisturbed under the decking on the metal structure. Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) and Pied Wagtails (Motacilla alba) are busy erratically walking the area and jumping to catch early insects in the gentle warmth and our endangered Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) are using the structure on mass to shelter off from the constant movement of the sea.

2020-04-17 - Birds nesting on Worthing Pier

I think we can all agree that given a chance all flora and fauna species flourish and step in when we step out. It’s bizarre but fascinating to see the ‘rewilding’ take place and lessons can be learnt across the world, and especially on a local level, when it comes to looking at what our wildlife needs to thrive. We need to be trying to put measures in place to accommodate them and help increase biodiversity.

Fear not, before the pier is reopened further down the line, we will look to identify any nests above decking and put the correct protection measures in place should we need to.

Stay home and stay safe.

OVER ... OUT ...

Photo: Worthing Pier

2020-04-17 - Worthing Pier

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10th April 2020: Making sacrifices for the greater good

Coastal Office - Rob Dove, Foreshore Inspector

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

As the weeks go on and the ground warms up we all want to get out there and enjoy everything that our natural environment has to offer, but we are living in extraordinary times and we must make sacrifices for the greater good.

This week the footfall has without a doubt been quiet on the Prom, but worryingly many still need reminding of the Government's advice relating to COVID-19.

By all means exercise on the beach if it’s your closest space, if not please consider local open spaces nearer to home or, if you have one, your garden, otherwise this is unnecessary travel. A short break during exercise is fine but not prolonged ‘static’ leisure such as sunbathing and social group BBQs.

We advise you to refrain from water sports activities and so will your sports representing body - as explained in last week’s Beach Office blog by my colleague Peter (below).

Please find other means to exercise, once you enter the water you have the potential to put further and avoidable pressure on the emergency services and you encourage other people to do the same. Ultimately this isn’t in the spirit of the times in which we find ourselves. We all need self-discipline to help end this lockdown as soon as possible.

You will see me and my colleagues along with the police out and about a lot helping to ensure everyone’s safety. I understand everyone’s frustration, trust me I do. I’d love nothing more than to be out on the water or angling right now but we must refrain from doing so and keep on track.

Everything out there, the flat sea, sun and sounds will be even better by the time this is over so please stay local to home.

Improvise to stay active, stay local to home and let’s get this done and dusted.

OVER ... OUT ...

Photo: Worthing Pier

2020-04-10 - Worthing Pier

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3rd April 2020: Covid-19 and beach users

Coastal 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.

So I was going to write a blog on removing old rope from Worthing Pier supports which helps keep the beach tidy and reduces the chance of micro plastics entering our food chain as the rope degrades.

BUT we are getting a lot of questions about what can and cannot be done on our beach at the moment. I will leave you to read the below but we at the Beach Office think it’s clear advice...

The Government's advice:

‘People must stay at home as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. But you can also still go outside once a day for a walk, run, cycle. When doing this you must minimise the time you are out of your home and stay at least two metres away from anyone else that isn’t from your household.’

The Royal Yachting Association:

‘The Government has made it clear that such exercise should be taken locally to home and within the guidelines for social distancing, although the regulations themselves do not prescribe this.’

The Government has advised that marinas should be closed in line with caravan parks. We have increasingly seen harbour authorities and navigation authorities introduce measures and guidance in respect of recreational boating.

Whatever your activity, there is the additional concern that if something goes wrong, however unlikely that may seem, there is the potential that you will put further and avoidable pressure on the emergency services. These are exceptional times and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) calls on all recreational boaters not only to comply with the Regulations, but to act responsibly and adhere to the Government’s Regulations to help limit the spread of the virus.

Photo: Lewis Crathern, 4X British Kite Surfing Champion, at the Time for Worthing launch

2020-04-03 - Lewis Crathern, 4X British Kite Surfing Champion

The Canal and River Trust:

‘We are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel and not to visit their boats if they do not live aboard permanently’.

The British Kite Sports Association:

‘Advice to our entire membership of kitesurfers across the UK is… Please don’t go kitesurfing at the moment.

We are aware that a tiny percentage of our membership is lucky enough to live on, or within walking distance of a local kitesurfing beach or other local spot for their kite sport activities (lucky folk). However our advice (which is just that... advice) to all our members and all kitesurfers nationally, is to please refrain from kitesurfing during this period of government “lock down”. We know from rare tragic events, our sport bears a risk of accidental injury or worse, and our emergency services do not currently need any extra burden.’

The British Canoe Union:

‘In light of the government’s Stay at Home measures and following new guidance issued by the Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust, which impacts the usage of waterways, British Canoeing has further revised its position and now strongly recommends that all paddlesport activity should immediately cease on rivers, waterways and coastal areas until further notice.’

Photo: Beach huts on Lancing seafront

2020-04-03 - Beach Huts

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27th March 2020: Flora and fauna are thriving!

Coastal 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.

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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 ...

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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...

Coastal 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 ...

Coastal 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 cordoned 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

Coastal 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!

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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 ...

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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.

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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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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


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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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!

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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!


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!

Coastal 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

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

Coastal 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?

Coastal 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

Coastal 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

Coastal 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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