Report by Chris Cole

WEST BEACH, SELSEY, 19 MAY 2007 (LOW TIDE 0.4m AT 0728 BST)

Weather conditions excellent. Clear sky and light onshore wind.

S7i quite well exposed from just west of the club house through to the groyne east of the sluice gate. The Flag Base was visible but not clear at the extremity of the tide. The exposure was accessible at about 20m from the shingle breakline. Some patches of reasonably compacted molluscs (fragile) particularly where you get on to the beach to the West of the Caravan Site. Just 3 sharks teeth found in the gulleys near the Flag Base. Two of the teeth (Stratolamnia Macrota) in the region of 25 35mm.

My overall assessment is that the site was poor this morning despite quite a reasonable tide and good weather conditions.

I have included a selection of photos of the beach to aid in assessment of the site.

Picture 1. A small patch of molluscs in S7i

 

Picture 2. Selsey West Beach looking East at the low tide (0.4m) 19 May 2007. Note the flag base to the right of the picture near the horizon.

 

Picture 3. Selsey West Beach at low tide (0.4m) 19 May 2007, looking West from near the Flag Base. Note the sluice gate top right hand corner. Some teeth found in the gulleys here.

 

Picture 4. Selsey West Beach at low tide (0.4m) 19 May 2007. A patch of S7i about 100m East of concrete blocks at the top of the beach where I normally park. (Furthest position West of the Caravan Site)

 

Picture 5. Selsey West Beach at low tide (0.4m) 19 May 2007. General view looking West towards Bracklesham.

 

BRACKLESHAM, 20 MAY 2007 (LOW TIDE 0.6m AT 0815 BST)

Weather conditions excellent. Clear sky and light onshore wind.

A small area of E3 was exposed around the end of the long groyne at the East end of the beach. The patches of E4 that were visible at my last visit on 12 May 2007 are now covered. It would appear that there has been quite a bit of sand moved around on this beach. The sand was flat (rather than rippled) but was pretty well devoid of any shell / fossil debris. I found just 1 small broken tooth. I just worked the beach from the Car Park and eastwards up to the outflow pipe. With binoculars, I could not see any other exposures towards Selsey.

My overall assessment is that this site continues to be poor. Finds generally here are well down on last year.

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WEST BEACH SELSEY, 20 May 2007 (LOW TIDE 0.9m AT 2036 BST)

Weather conditions very good. Patchy high cloud, some sunshine and light onshore winds.

Much less of the S7i exposure to look at due to the 0.9m tide.

I opted to do a thorough search at the top of the beach from the Sluice gate and eastwards to the next groyne. There is patchy debris of mainly modern shell a light gravel dragged down from the top of the beach.

Despite the failing light, I found approximately 6 teeth, including a typical "Selsey Brown" Jaekelotodus Trigonalis and an exquisite Notorynchus Kempi. The Kempi is about 15mm in width. This is a very rare find.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures 6 and 7. Jaekelotodus Trigonalis found at Selsey, West Beach.

 

Pictures 8 and 9. Notorynchus Kempi found at Selsey, West Beach.