FREE Teacher Event - Coastal Processes on the Sussex Coast

Posted February 26, 2015 COASTAL-PROCESSES-BLOG

We were delighted to welcome 22 teachers from around Sussex to join us at the Adur Centre for our first free teacher event. The theme of the evening was Coastal Processes on the Sussex Coast.

The presentation was led by the enthusiastic Steve Savage, a local environmental educator with a vast experience of the local area, who has an incredible passion for sharing his knowledge.

The evening started with an enjoyable talk on a range of subjects connected with the history of Shoreham and how over the centuries the ever changing course of the River Adur was key to the forming of Shoreham beach. This was illustrated perfectly with images and by Steve's superb speaking skills.

We then met our coach for the short journey to Shoreham Fort. Having arrived, we began with a brief talk about the river estuary at the mouth of the harbour entrance and then headed towards the shingle beach, taking great care not to disturb the Ringed Plover which were nesting amongst the shingle.

Fortunately, we were blessed with a clear sunny evening which offered stunning views across the bay of Sussex to the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters to the east, Worthing Pier to the west and the South Downs to the north. Amongst these stunning views, we undertook a plant transect survey utilising a simple but effective technique, assisting us in identifying various species of plant life amongst the vegetated shingle.

As we stood on the beach, Steve led a discussion regarding the consequences of coastal erosion in other parts of our county by measures that have been taken locally. This can be clearly seen when looking across the Sussex Bay. It is amazing to think that the newer stone rip-rag sea defences, which have replaced the older less sustainable wooden defences, have been brought by barge via the North Sea and along the English Channel from Norway!

We then headed back to the coach for the short return journey to the Adur Centre where we enjoyed a Sussex themed buffet, which I think everyone will agree was delicious. With a selection of cheeses from our home county, local sausages & gammon, sandwiches with chutneys and pickles from Uckfield as well as some truly excellent carrot cakes made by Travel Places baking wizards, Emily and Kirsten.

Whist we enjoyed our buffet we held a small prize draw to win one copy of Alastair Humphreys new book Micro Adventures- there were 5 lucky winners.

Stay tuned to hear about our next event which we hope will be as exciting and engaging as this one. Ideas for locations so far include; West Beach at Littlehampton, Heathland at Sullington Warren, Downland at Cissbury Ring or the Adur Estuary environment. We would welcome any suggestions you may have.

Just some of the feedback received on the night.

  • Superb knowledge & pedagogy of speaker
  • Enjoyable evening with knowledgeable speaker. Lots of ideas for engaging local field work opportunities
  • Great Buffet !
  • Very interesting and would welcome more events like this. Great to meet the people behind the tours.
  • Enjoyed the cross curricular introduction & highlighting the local history
  • The initial talk was in depth enough to give the key points without drowning in facts. The Field trip aspect was just the right mix of informal talk and hands on study.
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