Coastal Office Foreshore Inspectors

About the Coastal Office: (previously called the Beach Office)

Coastal 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:

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23rd July 2021: Busy beaches and promenades

Wayne Hobden, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Wayne and I am the blogger for this week at Worthing Coastal Office

With the summer holidays starting, the beaches and promenades are busier than ever before with everyone doing their stay-at-home vacation. Therefore, I think it's important just to reiterate some of the rules and bylaws that are in place to ensure everyone has the best experience possible.

The dog restriction zones. So, your four-legged waggly tail friends are not permitted on the beach between Splash Point to Heene Road in Worthing and between the two launching ramps in Goring from the sailing club to Alinora 'jet ski' ramp. Please also note that the jetski lane is for transiting in and out and not a play area.

Personal watercraft (jet skis) and boats that are using the public Alinora JetSki ramp are reminded to please make sure you keep your speed down to 8 knots until you have left the transit lane past the two large buoys at the end. This also applies when coming back in as there will be swimmers and families close by.

Electric scooters, although an environmentally friendly way of travelling, are not permitted on the promenade and can only be used on private land where the owner has granted permission.

It's also good to remember that the promenade is a shared place for pedestrians and cyclists. Please be aware of your surroundings and keep the speed down when travelling along the popular path so it can be enjoyed by all. There is no cycling on the section of promenade which starts from George V Avenue and heads west towards Ferring.

And finally, we kindly ask that if the bins are full to please take your rubbish home. There has been a large amount of rubbish left and strewn along our coastline which is just not acceptable.

Although this may seem like a long list of dos and don'ts, they are in place for everyone's safety and to be able to enjoy the coastline.

Have a great weekend, Wayne.

2021-05-07+07-23 - Dog on beach (Pixabay 1242909) Two people on a jet ski (Pexels 1430675) Cycling on Worthing seafront

2021-07-23 - Worthing Pier and beach at low tide

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16th July 2021: Staying safe and smart this summer

Tommy Broad, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Tommy and I am the blogger of the week at the Worthing Coastal Office.

This week on the coast we have some lovely incoming weather and also with the summer holidays fast approaching, just a friendly reminder.

It's super important to keep up with the application of sun cream and to do it more than once a day. If you are swimming in the sea then apply it when you come out of the water, some sun creams state that they are water resistant but it's best to just apply it again.

When it comes to the quality of the sun creams you are looking at the UVA star rating. This is usually on the back of the bottle and whether it be sunscreen or tanning oil, the higher the star rating out of 5 the better. So just remember to keep your eyes out for this when purchasing.

2021-07-16 - Sunscreen (Pixabay - 1461335)

With this hot weather on the quick approach, another thing to remember is to bring plenty of water with you when you visit the beach - you need to keep hydrated as best as possible.

If you don't keep your fluids up you could become dehydrated and maybe end up getting heat stroke or heat exhaustion, you don't want these so remember to bring plenty of water. Enough for you and the family.

If you are planning to go in the water for a swim then try to go in a pair or a group, this way you can keep an eye on one another and if you are planning on going out on a paddle board, kayak or jet ski then please try and remember to wear a PFD (Personal floatation device).

Lastly, with the busy expected summer on its way, we have free wrist bands here at the Coastal Office for children to wear in case they get lost. This will help them get in contact with us and we'll contact the parent/guardian whose details we took down when we handed out the wrist band.

Hope you all have a great week and weekend. Stay smart, stay safe.

Photo: Tommy holding one of the free wrist bands available at the Coastal Office

2021-07-16 - Wrist tape available at the Coastal Office

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9th July 2021: Goring Greensward

Rob Dove, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Rob and I am the blogger of the week at the Worthing Coastal Office.

As many are becoming increasingly aware, our local inshore waters contain many diverse habitats which hold an array of Flora and Fauna species. Landside is no exception and one welcome oasis for man and wildlife is the plantation on Goring Greensward.

It's a welcoming haven out of the wind that was once part of the Goring Hall estate.

This linier woodland running north to south changes dramatically as you head north with the better quality soil and wider mix of trees and understory.

The southern section falls under my team's watch and is monitored daily when on routine reconnaissance patrol. This area is unique in its own right, offering respite for migratory birds, harbouring a host of grey squirrels (like them or loathe them) and predominantly non-native Holm oak (Quercus Ilex) growing and dominating the canopy with its suppressive nature but equally great windbreak qualities.

Sycamore (Acer Pseudoplatanus) too heavily flank the edges, canopies curved away from the prevailing southwesterly winds, a reminder of how tough it is to thrive so close to the waterline and the punishment it can regularly deliver.

It's amazing how nature finds a way, as both species seem to thrive in the poor soil and salt air. There's a noticeable change when across the road in the next section, as this is slightly sheltered from the full force of the wind and has more biodiversity to show for it.

This area draws nature lover's, young and old, and offers shelter all year round, especially after a brisk walk. To keep this area of special woodland protected, we ask folk to obey a handful of Byelaws, the same of which apply to the grass expanses of the greensward.

As your foreshore service we must reiterate the no overnight camping, respecting the wildlife above and below your feet and most importantly the disposing of bbq's responsibly is abided by. Unfortunately during the summer many incidents occur with bbqs not disposed of properly, a situation which has devastating effects on this area.

Be sure to walk the three sections of the plantation and note how its wildlife changes, follow the byelaws and enjoy this forgotten avenue all the way to our glorious coastline.

Over ... out ...

Photos of Goring Greensward:

2021-07-09 - Goring Greensward

2021-07-09 - Goring Greensward - under the trees

2021-07-09 - Goring Greensward - smaller plants under the trees

Photo: Grey squirrel

2021-07-09 - Grey squirrel (Pixabay - 1451040)

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2nd July 2021: Mobile Phone Recycling Project success!

Rebecca Belleni, Coastal Office

My name is Rebecca and I am your blogger for the week from Worthing Coastal Office.

As many of you may have seen or contributed to, we started the Mobile Phone Recycling Project towards the end of last year which was launched with the charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

I wanted to update everyone on the tremendous outcome from this project, which has seen so many of you make time to fish out old phones from lying dormant in a drawer and donate. This has so far amounted to 300 mobile phones which have now been sent to be recycled!

2021-07-02 - Rebecca with some of the donated mobile phones

This is a fantastic achievement in just under 6 months from launch and something many of you have commented on, saying it has allowed you to support this worthwhile campaign keeping our marine environment protected and healthy and stopping mobile phones ending up in landfill.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation are a leading charity protecting whales and dolphins. They work globally through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research, rescue and education. They are working towards a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

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, feeding on smaller inhabitants such as fish and squid, things start to shift and unbalance.

2021-07-02 - Dolphin swimming in the sea (copyright Rebecca Belleni)

The 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 disrupt the natural balance of other wildlife and the health of our marine environment. This process can even affect sea flora such as seagrass and kelp, which help trap and stabilize sediments, allowing shorelines to accrete and disperse wave energy and therefore reduce coastal erosion.

These larger animals in our seas have a significant impact in stabilizing their environment and beyond to our coastal shores.

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 which entails breaking them down for their precious metals. The funds raised through recycling go straight into Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone, so far, that has come into the Coastal Office with phone donations. Whale and Dolphin Conservation have also sent the biggest thanks for everyone who is helping with the project and who continues to support their charity work.

The Worthing Coastal Office is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. If you are doing a declutter or want to do something to help our marine habitat then please drop off any old phones to us and help us support this cause and protect the seas and our marine life.

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

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25th June 2021: Say hello to Georgie!

Amanda Falconer, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Amanda and I am the blogger of the week at Worthing Coastal Office.

Meet Georgie, my adorable fur baby! This week we'll be looking at top tips when taking your dog to the beach...

Before you leave home it’s important to check that dogs are allowed on the beach. Worthing, for example, has a dog restriction zone that runs from Heene Road to Splash Point and another restriction zone in Goring running from the Yacht Club to the Jet ski ramp at Alinora car park.

Dog owners can face fines of £100 if found to be in the wrong zone, so please research before you go to a beach near or far from home.

Georgie loves going to the beach, but there are a few hazards that you need to be aware of:

The sea can be dangerous - Don't let your doggie swim in the sea if it looks unsafe (eg. large waves or if the tide is on the turn). Dogs can struggle when swimming in very cold water so avoid encouraging them.

Avoid the heat - Keep your doggie cool and avoid going to the beach during the hottest part of the day. It's much cooler early in the morning or later on in the evening. It’s best to be ready to go home when your fur baby has had enough. Protect your dog from heatstroke by ensuring they have a shaded area to sit in and plenty of water to drink.

Be aware of your surroundings - Broken glass or sharp objects could be hidden in the shingle or in the sand. It's advisable to keep a small first aid on your person. If your dog does cut its pads then wash thoroughly with fresh water, cover the cut and if need be make a visit to the vet.

Photo: Amanda's dog Georgie chilling in the shingle beside some beach huts on Worthing seafront

2021-06-25 - Georgie chilling by the beach huts

Drinking seawater - Do not allow your dog to drink seawater. This can cause diarrhoea and make them seriously ill and dehydrate them. Do not let them drink from the rock pools, ensure that you have plenty of fresh water with you and stop regularly to give them a drink.

Swimming in the sea - If your dog likes swimming then ensure that you give them a rinse in fresh water when you get home to prevent them from licking the salt off their fur. Also remember to clean their ears as seawater can lead to infections. This could be a very expensive trip to the vet.

Jellyfish - These can sting you and your dog even if they are dead, so check the water before swimming to avoid this.

Seaweed - This is another hazard to be aware of as if a dog eats seaweed stalks it can cause a blockage in their gut. Dried seaweed expands when it is eaten and will cause your dog to have a stomach ache.

So stay cool, stay safe and have a great time on the beach this summer!

2021-06-25 - Georgie on the beach

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18th June 2021: Safety Training

Wayne Hobden, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Wayne and I am the blogger for this week at Worthing Coastal Office

Now that restrictions on training have been lifted, myself and Amanda are now finally able to carry on with the necessary training to carry out one of our primary rolls in the summer season - that being our ability to use personal watercraft (PWC) AKA the jet Ski and our 4.6 meter RIB with 60hp outboard engine.

At the end of May we were both able to go on a RYA Sea Survival Course down in Southampton. The course is split into two sections, the morning being classroom-based, learning about the different types of life raft.

2021-06-18 - Safety training with the RYA

Examples of equipment that comes fitted to some life rafts:

  • 2 sponges
  • 2 buoyant paddles
  • 2 sea anchors
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 first aid waterproof kit
  • 1 whistle
  • 1 waterproof torch for communicating morse code with 1 spare set of batteries and bulb
  • 1 signalling mirror/heliograph
  • 1 radar reflector
  • 1 life-saving signals waterproof card
  • 1 fishing tackle
  • Food rations for each person
  • Water ration-1.5 litres of freshwater for each person
  • One rustproof graduated drinking vessel
  • Anti seasickness medicine sufficient for at least 48 hours and one seasickness (bag for each person)
  • Instructions on how to survive (Survival booklet)
  • Instructions on immediate action
  • 6 Hand Flares
  • 4 Rocket Parachute Flares
  • 2 Buoyant Smoke Signals

We also learnt about the search and rescue techniques along with the use of different types of lifejackets and types of flares. Additionally, understanding the procedures that you must undertake when abandoning ship, sending out a Mayday.

The importance of all members of the crew having a good understanding of the procedures that need to be followed can’t be understated. This involves having the knowledge on what equipment you have, how to use it properly as well as having rehearsed plans.

2021-06-18 - Learning how to turn the raft over if it has capsized

The afternoon is getting wet in the pool. For this session we learned the correct way to use a buoyancy aid/lifejacket, how to enter the life raft either by entering directly from the side of the vessel (or the side of the pool in this case), how to get in from the water (which is certainly harder than it looks and not very elegant!), and finally how to turn the life raft over if it has capsized when it inflates.

With this course under our belts the next training will be our RYA VHF Marine Radio Courses. To use a marine radio to make calls you must hold an operators license by completing either a classroom or online course and then passing the exam.

From myself and the team, we hope you have a great weekend.

2021-06-18 - Safety training

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11th June 2021: Kelp's coming to our coastline!

Rebecca Belleni, Coastal Office

My name is Rebecca and I am your blogger for the week from Worthing Coastal Office.

This week I want to take you on a dive to a magical place that many of us are yet to discover and appreciate. The enchanting frond forest that lies beyond our shores, under our coastal waters is one which not all of us know about or understand the importance of and how crucial it is to both marine life and our lives - let's take a deep breath in and explore the Kelp Forest.

Kelp is actually a brown algae and part of the seaweed family. As with all plants they use sunlight to draw down energy (photosynthesis). They initially form on rocky beds, from extremely strong-gripping 'hold fasts' which anchor themselves to rocks, unlike many plants that use the mud and sediment to establish down into. They naturally grow upwards to allow maximum exposure to the surface sunlight to capture and absorb the UV on their ribbon like leaves which are called fronds. These leaves are assisted in inflating upwards due to small air bubbles. This unison of stems and leaf-like tops is what we know collectively as habitat-forming seaweeds or Kelp Forests.

2021-06-11 - Kelp Forest (copyright of Rebecca Belleni)

Due to the requirement of sunlight we find the ideal environment for kelp to grow is colder, shallow waters with rocky seabeds and structures, making our local Sussex marine landscape perfect conditions for kelp to flourish. So much so that kelp could grow up to 30 times faster than our land based plants, using carbon from the atmosphere to continually generate new fronds and living up to it's 'Forest of the Seas' title.

Kelp has been a hot topic lately in our area due to the new byelaw that has been approved to prohibit near shore trawling, which has been a major factor in the decline in our kelp forest habitats. Since 1987 we have lost a staggering 96% of this underwater vegetation and all that encompasses it.

In Sussex alone, 300km squared of seabed has now been given space to recover and regenerate after years of trawling,sediment dumping and other human pressures. These unique ecosystems have protection after decades of decline, which are crucial not only for cover and protection of juvenile fish but also as feeding and breeding grounds for many of our native fish, invertebrates and marine mammals.

The 'Help our Kelp' campaign alongside Blue Marine Foundation have been working with partners and stakeholders, of which the Coastal Office under Adur & Worthing Councils are involved to support the next steps now that the byelaw is in place. This includes the restoration project which will initially have experts in marine biology, kelp ecology, oceanography and social sciences assisted by strategic stakeholders for practical elements of the work.

Sir David Attenborough has supported this local campaign and made the following statement in response to the byelaw:

“This is a landmark decision for the management of the UK's coastal waters. Sussex's remarkable kelp forests will now have a chance to regenerate and provide a home for hundreds of species, creating an oasis of life off the coast, enhancing fisheries and sequestering carbon in our fight against climate change. This large-scale protection of over 300km of seabed is a vital win in the fight against the biodiversity and climate crisis, ahead of COP26 later this year.”

As Sir David has touched on, the kelp is fundamental not only for the health of our seas and the life within it, but also as an ecosystem engineer which draws in carbon from our atmosphere. This in turn reduces our greenhouse gas levels and slows down climate change. Kelp forests can draw down up to 20 times more carbon per acre than land forests, which is a staggering figure from something not all of us have even seen or heard much about.

This is a really exciting time for our local sussex kelp forests and one which I am so happy to be involved in as part of the Worthing Coastal Office. I will be attending the stakeholder meetings in the coming weeks to support and assist in research on our local seabed to help our kelp make a comeback, for the purification and health of Sussex seas, fish stocks, coastal erosion and climate change.

If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to immerse yourself in this stunning video, narrated by Sir David Attenborough for Sussex IFCA, showcasing the wonders that our Sussex coast has to offer and the array of marine life that inhabit it.

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4th June 2021: Precautions for PWCs

Rob Dove, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Rob and I am the blogger of the week at the Worthing Coastal Office.

What a week weatherwise, it's been great to see so many on the beach making the most of it, especially during half term.

So far there seems to be adequate space for all to enjoy what they want to do when they visit our local beaches, even with a large influx of out of area visitors. The harmony seems to be there which is great to see.

Whilst my team has been out busy relocating our yellow special marker buoys after being knocked around by the recent storms, I feel it necessary to touch on a safety aspect which is crucial we get right.

2021-06-04 - One our yellow special marker buoys after being knocked around by the recent storms

Personal Watercraft (PWC) or Jet Skis, whatever one you want to call them, are great fun and we have one ourselves kitted out for rescue, mainly due to their ease of use, launch and recovery.

If you are a PWC user that uses our shore, please bear in mind that whilst these are fun and convenient, these machines come with all the responsibilities and risks that are associated with operating on the water.

To make sure all seaside users have a great time, remember to keep out of any of our designated swim areas and if you are coming into shore that you keep under 8 knots when passing the yellow 8 knot marker buoys that run horizontally from Ferring to Southwick.

2021-04-30 + 06-04 - One of our yellow 8 knot special marker buoys

If you're heading east, be sure to remain clear of Shoreham harbour mouth and the shipping lane, you'll be the smallest on the water around here!

If you're using our Transit lane at Goring off the Allinora Slipway, please have a look at our signs there and take a minute to familiarise yourself with the lie of the land.

If you are a PWC user and you don't already, please consider following the recommended kit list from the RYA below:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Distress flares: two orange smoke, two pinpoint red, or two day/night flares (coastal)
  • Torch
  • Sharp knife, preferably serrated
  • Tow rope, minimum 6m, floating high-visibility line
  • Waterproof First aid kit containing (minimum):
    • two large wound dressings, 
    • two medium wound dressings
    • and triangular bandages
  • Small Grapnel anchor
  • Tool kit
  • Spares
  • Hand bearing compass
  • Spare kill cord

If you plan to launch from Shoreham Harbour, please visit their website and take the time to read all relevant information on PWC operator requirements - see:

If you have any questions relating to PWC use or have a question relating to any of what I have mentioned, please feel free to call the Coastal Office and we will do our best to assist you.

See you on the water and remember to attach that kill cord :)

2021-06-04 - Safety Patrol just of the beach keeping an eye on safety

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28th May 2021: The Great British Spring Clean: Million Mile Mission

Tommy Broad, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Tommy and I am the blogger of the week at the Worthing Coastal Office.

After a year where outdoor spaces and places have mattered to us more than ever, we're pleased to announce the return of the Great British Spring Clean to our doorstep.

The Coastal Office have worked with Keep Britain Tidy on this initiative for the last two years, and are delighted to once again be part of a campaign that in 2019 saw just under a million bags of litter collected.

From 28th May to 13th June 2021, we're encouraging all locals to pledge to support this very special campaign and their million mile litter picking mission.

If we all help, we might just be able to beat this global problem that has swept through our waters and killed so much life.

Taking part is not only good for the environment, but for our mental and physical health too. Last year, 79% of people who took the Great British Spring Clean reported an improved mood, and 51% said it encouraged them to move more.

So, are you ready to get started? Here's how ...

Come down to Worthing seafront between 28th May and 13th June and come meet us at the Coastal Office (located between the Worthing Wheel and the Lido) - here you can borrow all the gear you need and attack the litter on our coast and surrounding areas.

If you already have the required kit and would like to make a difference to Adur's coastline, please feel free! Any time you can invest into a litter pick will have a huge impact.

We'd also love it if you could help inspire others to take part by making some noise about the campaign on social media. Share your good news stories, videos and pictures using the hashtags #GBSpringClean, #MillionMileMission and tagging @keepbritaintidy.

If we all come together and do our own little bit, we can make a dent in this plague of rubbish that is swept across our streets, promenade and into our waters.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges we have faced this year, but small acts of kindness - to our planet and ourselves - can help us improve our surroundings and our mood.

We hope to see many of you soon! Tommy

Photo: Some of the litter picked up on the beach - bottles, cans and bags

2021-05-28 - Some of the litter picked up on the beach - bottles, cans and bags

Photo: Some of the litter picked up on the beach - rope and nets

2021-05-28 - Some of the litter picked up on the beach - rope and nets

Photo: Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector, giving the thumbs up on the beach - encouraging you to come and join in with the Great British Spring Clean!

2021-05-28 - Tommy Broad, Foreshore Inspector, giving the thumbs up on the beach

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21st May 2021: The Beaufort Wind Scale

Amanda Falconer, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Amanda and I am the blogger of the week at the Worthing Coastal Office.

This week I am explaining a bit out the Beaufort Wind Scale.

Wind is a very powerful force in the world, able to cause such devastation and yet could help to power our society. It's all to do with the strength of the wind.

In 1805 Francis Beaufort created a scale to measure the strength of the wind. The Beaufort Scale and the use of his scale is still used today.

The method was initially designed for British Sailors as a way to measure the strength of the wind by using the ship's sails as a reference. Today however the scale is used by the Met Office to alert the public of severe winds.

This blog will focus on the effects of various wind strengths on land, even though the scale was based around the sea, as most people live on land and this is where the effect of the wind is most prevalent.

  • Force 0 is a calm wind:
    If you were to see smoke rising from a chimney the smoke would be almost vertical - the wind speed at this time would be under 1Km/h.
  • Force 1 winds are known as light air:
    The smoke you are observing from the chimney will now begin to move in the wind's direction. Leaves on the ground will refuse to move at this point the wind speed could be up to 5Km/h.
  • Force 2 winds are known as light breezes:
    Leaves on the ground start to russell, the wind is strong enough to be felt on exposed skin and the wind speed could be up to 12/Km/h.
  • Force 3 winds are known as gentle breezes:
    Leaves on the ground are now in constant motion and flags on flagpoles are swaying in the wind. Speed at this point could be up to 29Km/h.
  • Force 5 winds are known as a fresh breeze:
    Moderate branches now move and small trees sway in motion. The wind speed could be up to 39Km/h.
  • Force 6 winds are known as a strong breeze:
    Using an umbrella is now difficult and any empty bins topple over. The wind speed could be as high as 50Km/h.
  • Force 7 winds are known as a moderate gale:
    Considerable effort is required to walk against the wind and larger trees are in motion. The wind speed at this point could be as high as 62Km/h.
  • Force 8 winds are known as gale force winds:
    Small twigs and branches break off trees and cars begin to veer on the road. The wind speed could be as high as 75Km/h at this point and the Coastal office closes the landing stage on the Pier for safety reasons.
  • Force 9 winds are known as a strong gale:
    Small trees now break and all temporary road signs blow over. At this point the wind speed could be as high as 88Km/h and the Coastal Office would close the Pier to the general public for safety reasons.
  • Force 10 winds are storm force:
    Trees are now uprooted and minimal structural damage is likely. Wind speed could be as high as 102Km/h.
  • Force 11 winds are known as a violent storm:
    In these winds there is extensive damage to vegetation and structures. The wind speed at this point is between 102 to 118Km/h
  • Force 12 winds are destructive:
    Any unsecured objects are hurled around and there is damage to all structures. At this point the wind speed will be greater than 118Km/h and is often categorized as a category 1 Hurricane.

Stay safe in the windy conditions we are experiencing at the moment. If you want an accurate wind speed for Worthing there is a weather observatory on the Pier which we use at the Coastal Office to get accurate wind speeds.

Photo: Weather observatory on the Worthing Pier

2021-05-21 - Weather observatory on Worthing Pier

Photo: Flags blowing in the wind on Worthing Pier

2021-05-21 - Flags blowing in the wind on Worthing Pier

Photo: Worthing Pier

2021-05-21 - Worthing Pier

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7th May 2021: Ensuring we all have a fun and safe experience this summer

Tommy Broad, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Tommy and I am the blogger of the week at the Worthing Coastal Office.

It's that time of year again when the seasons change, our beaches begin to populate, the sunscreen comes out and certain byelaws come into effect. So this week on the coast we have been carrying out our routine patrols and enforcing the local regulations.

Just a quick heads up on what's changed ...

  • The dog restriction zones: are now in season, so your four-legged friends are not permitted on the beach between Splash Point and Heene Road in Worthing and also between the two launching ramps in Goring from the sailing club to Alinora 'jet ski' ramp (see Russ' blog about why we have dog free zones on our beaches).
  • Jet skis and boats: If you are one of the public using the Alinora 'jet ski' 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 in. Just remember to keep your speed down here as there could be swimmers either side of the lane. (See Rob's our Summer rules on the water blog below).

There are also a few others that some people still seem to be breaking ...

  • Cycling: The promenade is a shared place for pedestrians and cyclists, so just be aware of your surroundings and, if you are a cyclist, keep your speed down as you can never tell when something will run out in front of you. Also just a reminder that there's no cycling on the section of promenade which starts from George V Avenue and heads west towards Ferring. Additionally, bikes are not permitted on Worthing Pier, even if they are being pushed they are not permitted.
  • E-scooters: are not permitted on our promenade, but we have still seen a rise in these whizzing along over the last few weekends. One of these can be just as dangerous as a speeding bicycle, so please don't use e-scooters on the promenade.
  • Lastly, drones: are not permitted to be used on the seafront without the Councils' permission. This is due to our close proximity to Shoreham Airport and the greater number of people visiting our seafront.

I'm aware this may sound like a long list, but I hope you understand that these byelaws have only been brought in to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience on our stretch of coastline.

From myself and the team, stay safe and have a great weekend.

2021-05-07+07-23 - Dog on beach (Pixabay 1242909) Two people on a jet ski (Pexels 1430675) Cycling on Worthing seafront

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30th April 2021: Our Summer rules on the water

Rob Dove, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Rob and I am the blogger of the week at the Worthing Coastal Office.

With the cold winds that continue to blow, you'd be mistaken for thinking the high season is just around the corner. The rapid pace towards summer continues and the 1st of May gets closer, which among many things means the notable appearance of our seasonal special marker buoys at sea.

I wanted to clear up some myths and provide the facts to help us give you a safe experience when taking a dip in the sea this season:

  • Ferring to Southwick: Running horizontally just off our intertidal zone, we have yellow 8 knot special markers. These buoys are there to inform any vessel that wishes to come inshore that they must not proceed faster than 8 knots when to the north side of them.
  • Goring: Here we have our transit lane which is to provide all vessels using the slipway a safe area in which to head out to sea. This area also has an 8 knot speed limit. Please only use this area to move safely out to sea and not use it as an area to perform manoeuvres within. Swimmers and bathers, please avoid this transit lane.
  • Lancing, Shoreham & Southwick: These locations have designated swim areas, rectangular in shape and denoted once again by special marker buoys. These areas are strictly for bathing, swimming, light play and domestic paddle sports. All vessels including PWC (jet ski) are forbidden from these areas along with angling.

My team and I will be monitoring these areas and ensuring compliance, as they really do have a vital role to play and assist in keeping all water users safe.

If you have any further questions relating to what's above, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about beaches or feel free to contact the Coastal Office team on: 01903 238977.

See you on the water ...

Photo: One of our yellow 8 knot special marker buoys

2021-04-30 + 06-04 - One of our yellow 8 knot special marker buoys

Photo: Out on the sea on a jet ski looking back towards the beach

2021-04-30 - Out on the sea on a jet ski looking back towards the beach

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23rd April 2021: Let's keep our special spaces clean this summer

Rebecca Belleni, Coastal Office

My name is Rebecca and I am your blogger for the week from Worthing Coastal Office.

April showers seem to have passed us by in Adur and Worthing this year, with what has been a sunny and very dry start to Spring for the south coast.

As new life begins to appear around us in parks, greens and the upper areas of our coastline, these open spaces feel even more inviting than in past years, with the easing of national restrictions, allowing us to enjoy and reconnect with outdoor spaces once more.

More than ever, we are expecting numbers of visitors to our coastline to soar this summer, with the roadmap out of lockdown and staycations being more prevalent. Therefore we need to remember how important our outdoor spaces have been to us, especially over the past year, and all do what we can to to help minimise the impact on these environments whilst still enjoying our time there.

With this in mind, we would like to remind everyone to leave the beach as you found it. We appreciate when coming for a day trip to the beach, you may like to take food and drink; but please keep your single use plastics and rubbish to a minimum where possible.

Certain areas such as Goring Greensward and Shoreham Beach had vast numbers last year, which resulted in overflowing public bins. Please remember that if a bin is at capacity we would ask you to take it with you to dispose of at another site or home.

Photo: Overflowed bins on Worthing promenade

2021-04-23 - Bins overflowed on Worthing prom

Bags being left beside a bin is classed as fly tipping. When these bags are left out, our opportunistic wildlife gravitate towards the smell and rip it open to get to the tasty leftovers. This is not only detrimental to these animals, who ingest more than your soggy sandwich, but the plastic bag is then scattered all over the beach, resulting in this pollution ending up in our seas.

If you do have spare time and want to utilise your beach walk to help our local seas, Worthing Coastal Office can supply you with the equipment for adults and children to carry out a beach clean. Whether you want to do a quick five minutes on your lunch break or a weekly dedication to help your local beach, we welcome you all in keeping our coastline clean and our seas plastic free.

The countdown to our summer season, starting on the 1st May, is a matter of weeks away and if the weather continues to deliver sunshine and blue skies, we will definitely see another influx of visitors to our shores.

Please remember to take all belongings and rubbish with you when you leave, and let's try and help ease the pressure on our coast so that we can continue to enjoy these areas and help protect them.

If you would like to do a beach clean please pop into our Worthing Coastal Office or call us on 01903 238 977. We have pickers for all ages and welcome all to do as little or much as you can to help our local coastline.

2021-04-23 - Worthing seafront last summer

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16th April 2021: The different clouds and what they indicate

Amanda Falconer, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Amanda and I am the blogger of the week at the Worthing Coastal Office.

Thank you so much for the love shown to my Herring Gull blog. Because of the support, I thought we would go skyward again and learn about clouds (and no not the Disney film!).

Anytime you look up into the sky you may see clouds, but no two clouds look alike and some look very different from each other. So what makes clouds, and why do some clouds look thin and wispy whilst others look big and fluffy?

Clouds are formed by water vapour in the atmosphere that condenses into very small water droplets or ice crystals that then gather together. When water on the earth evaporates it thins into invisible vapour and then rises until it reaches cooler air. High in the sky in these cooler conditions, the vapour condenses or changes back into a liquid and eventually the water droplets will fall back to earth as rain, snow or ice. This is known as the water cycle.

There is always some water vapour in the air, but clouds will only form when the atmosphere cannot hold anymore of it. Since warm air can hold more water vapour than cold air, clouds are often formed when the temperature is cooler.

Although clouds may look light and fluffy, they are actually really heavy. A single cloud may weigh as much as several million tonnes! They do not fall because warmer currents push up against the tiny droplets and these individual droplets are not heavy enough to overcome the resistance of the air below - this is until they join together.

There are five basic types of cloud:

  • Cirrus clouds: These are high and thin because the air is so cold at high altitude that these clouds are made of ice crystals instead of water droplets. Cirrus clouds are commonly known as mares tails because they look like horses' tails. The appearance of Cirrus clouds often means great weather.
  • Stratus clouds: These are shaped like flat sheets - they may occur at low, middle or high altitudes. When Stratus clouds layer up they may produce light rain or snow.
  • Stratus Cumulus clouds: These have rolls or ripples and can occur at low, middle or high altitudes.
  • Cumulus clouds: These are puffy and small when they first form, but may grow into much taller cloud formations. When lit by the sun, Cumulus clouds are bright white and always seen when we have great weather.
  • Cumulonimbus clouds: These are nasty thunder clouds that are heavy and dense, they are very large and similar to cumulus clouds and may produce lightning, rain, hail and tornadoes.

Different types of clouds can indicate different types of weather, but aside from that identifying clouds is fun. Next time you are outside look up and see if you can identify the clouds where you are.

End of science lesson! Get out there and enjoy the elements!

Photo: Cumulus clouds

2021-04-17 - Cumulus clouds (Pixabay - 5534319)

Photo: Clouds in the sky above Worthing Pier

2021-04-17 - Clouds in the sky above Worthing Pier

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9th April 2021: A green scheme helping keep our oceans clean

Wayne Hobden, Coastal Office

Hi - my name is Wayne and I am the blogger of the week at the Worthing Coastal Office.

It is with great pleasure to announce that we are now working alongside the National Line Recycling Scheme (NLRS) - a move which will help visiting fishermen keep our precious oceans plastic free.

Through mounted collection stations, the national scheme enables the recycling of all types of fishing line, plastic spools and now commercial net debris from our beaches.

As some of you may have already spotted, two of these special recycle tubes have now been added to Worthing seafront - a town with a rich fishing history.

One is located just in the entrance of Worthing Pier (east side) and the other can be found outside the Coastal Office, located to the left of the Lido on the promenade.

2021-04-09 - One of the special recycle tubes to take fishing waste such as fishing line, weights, hooks and lures

Things that can go in the recycling tubes include:

  • Fishing line
  • Lead weights
  • Sabikis/Feathers
  • Lures
  • Hooks

After speaking with some of the anglers on our coastline, I'm delighted to report they are excited to now have the ability to easily place their unwanted fishing line in a safe location. Additionally, these materials are now going to be recycled, whereas previously they may have just gone into landfill or even worse ended up in the sea.

To reinforce why this is such a great initiative, here are three facts:

  • 600 Years: the amount of time it takes for heavy monofilament fishing line to degrade in a landfill
  • Rubbish or Resource: Nylon fishing line is a valuable commodity for recycling
  • Threat: Discarded fishing line poses a threat to wildlife and the image of the angling sector

Once collected and the data is accumulated, the line is sent off to selected recycling plants where it is processed into a form that can then be used to manufacture various products such as traffic cones, sunglasses, skateboards, wetsuits and even swimwear.

If the scheme proves popular, we will look to add more in the future. So please pass on the word to anyone who is into fishing.

Have a great weekend.

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The Coastal Office

The Coastal Office can be found on Worthing seafront just to the east of the Worthing Lido, west of the Pier.

Worthing Coastal Office

Location of the Coastal Office on Worthing seafront (just to the east of The Lido)

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