Bracklesham Bay and its beach are the nearest port of call for the residents of East Wittering. This attractive edge of West Sussex looks across to the Isle of Wight and the Solent, with its yachting associations. The mild weather coincided with a low tide, making plenty of the beach available. Joanne makes reference to the poignancy of memories and a natural affiliation to the beach, including a sense of national identity, here on the coast.
What the beach means to Joanne.
By the water, the shingle and the beach at Bracklesham.
Bracklesham Bay is a great location to observe and collect fossils. The sea erodes fossil bearing clay, formed during the Eocene epoch around 46 million years ago. Each day, as the tide retreats, a variety of fossils can be found deposited on the sand, including: bivalve and gastropod shells, shark and ray teeth, corals and many other marine fossils. Access is good. The beach itself is sandy and has a gently shelving shore, making it perfect for swimming, sailing, fishing, surfing and diving. Water sport enthusiasts will enjoy the wind surfing and kite surfing too. Finally, it is an important stop for migrating birds.
Eddie charts the changes on this beach.
A stormy day at Bracklesham Bay..