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Getting to know your local seaside…
Participate in the Nature Coast Project

  • Become a Beach Warden
  • Attend the events listed on this page
  • Adopt your own beach
  • Survey for mermaid’s purses – the egg cases of skates and rays
  • Invite the Project Officer to bring the treasure chest to your school
  • Grow shingle plants for the community shingle plant nursery
  • If you live near the beach, establish a shingle garden of your own

NEWS – September 2006


The Beach Wardens undertook a total of 12 beach cleans with more than 100 people participating! Well done to all who took part. We found that our beaches ARE becoming cleaner with few larger itmes found anywhere. One of the biggest problems continues to be dog mess… Some dog walkers seem to think that it is someone else’s responsibility to pick up dog mess and therefore “helpfully” leave their dog mess tied up in bags hanging on fences. IT ISTHE DOG OWNERS RESPONSIBILITY and there is a fixed penalty for letting your dog foul the beach. This penalty increases when the dog mess is in a bag as that constitutes litter.The mostnumerous litter items were nylon cord and various small pieces of plastic We will be forwarding all our survey resultsto the Marine Conservation Society who will collate information from across the country.

Marine Treasure Chest

If you are involved with a school or youth group, you might be interested in the Nature Coast Project’s Treasure Chest. This is a genuine old travelling chest filled with fun and educational activities which can either be used purely for fun or linked to the National Curriculum. Contact the Project Officer on 01903 737949 for more details.

BTCV Beach Warden Conference

The West Sussex Beach Wardens are getting together onSaturday 14th October to celebrate the 2006 Wardens completing thier training and to hear more about the future of the scheme. This scheme is funded by the Onyx Environmental Trust.

The Project

The Nature Coast Project exists to raise awareness of all coastal conservation issues in West Sussex.

West Sussex has one of the most urbanised coastlines in Britain. Combined with sea level rise and a lack of understanding of coastal and marine biodiversity, this has resulted in damage to these habitats. The most serious of the threats to the West Sussex coastline is “coastal squeeze”. With coastal defences extending along 93% of West Sussex, the natural coast cannot move naturally and the wildlife along the coast gets trapped in a narrow strip.
The debate between managed re-alignment and holding the current line of flood defences is on-going and is likely to be a contentious issue for some time yet.
The Nature Coast Project will work with coastal engineers and planners to ensure that provision for biodiversity is incorporated into their work.

Other damage includes garden waste dumped on the beach, bonfires, invasion by exotic species, encroachment of private gardens and structural damage caused by small scale developments. Beach users often leave litter, trample sensitive flora and are responsible for dog fouling. This type of damage is fairly easily controlled once those responsible understand the need for action to protect our natural heritage.