Bexhill Beach 1

Bexhill beach lies (below the bandstand/shelter east of Bexhill sailing club on De La Warr Parade at map reference TQ745070; 50° 50.10’N 0° 27.76’E) within the Beachy Head East Recommended Marine Conservation Zone (see Wildlife Trusts, DEFRA, Natural England)  and links with sites to the east as far as Fairlight/Pett. The shore consists of beach and storm beach deposits or shingle/sand, with underlying rocks of the Tunbridge Wells Sand Formation (see geology/fossils). This later formation exposes as a shore platform and consists sand, silt and mudstones (largely clay) of the Lower Cretaceous. A series of wooden groynes are present to manage longshore drift of the shingle.

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ALGAE – Seaweeds
Chondrus crispus
Fucus vesiculusos
Fucus serratus
Ceramium
Corallina officinalis
Ulva /lin?
Ulva lactuca
Cladophora rupestris

CNIDARIA – Sea Anemones, Seafirs
Actinia equina
Sagartia troglodytes
hydroid 1
hydroid 2
Dynamena pumila

ANNELIDA, POLYCHAETA – Segmented Worms
Phyllodoce maculata
Lanice concheliga
Arenicola marina
Eulalia viridis

MOLLUSCA – Snails, limpets, chitons, clams, seaslugs
Patella vulgata
Nuccella lapillus
Littorina littoralis
Littorina saxatilis
Gibbula cinerea
Gibbula umbilicalis
Pholas dactylus
Barnea parva
Mactra stultorum
Ostrea edulis
Mytilus edulis
Aeolidia papillosa

CRUSTACEA – Crabs, shrimps, prawns
Ausmodestus (elminius)
Semibalanus balanoides
Carcinus maenas
Cancer pagurus
Pagurus bernhardus
Porcellana playtycheles
Pisidia longicornis

PYCNOGONIDA – Seaspiders
Anoplodactylus sp

BRYOZOA – Seamats
Conopeum reticulum
Membranipora membranacea
Alcyonidium diaphanum

ECHINODERMATA – Starfish, urchins
Amphipholis squamata
Psamechinus milliaris

TUNICATA – Seasquirts
Molgula manhatenensis
Ascdiella aspera

PISCES – fish
Lipophrys pholis
Ciliata mustela

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