Down Your Way: Pevensey and Pevensey Bay - April 4

PROLIFIC artist Mary Beaney hosts her annual exhibition, Art on the River, for the 18th consecutive year. Again she will showcase artwork that covers still life, landscapes, flowers, and portraits in Acrylic/Mixed Media with a photographic element.

She will introduce her new project - the printed image translated through the monoprint, collograph and lino cut process.

Showing alongside Mary is son Adam’s latest wildlife photography. Taking solitary walks into the Pevensey levels Adam was able to photograph a barn owl hunting for food during twilight evenings. The fox is no stranger to the marsh particularly in broad daylight and Adam was there, to photograph foxes at play.

Art on the River, Riverside Studio, Haven Farm, High Street, Pevensey, alongside the town bridge, on April 7, 8, 9 plus 14, 15, 20, 21, and April 27, 28 - noon to 6.00pm.

PROLONGED drought has at last seen the water levels fall, and Pevensey Haven above the bridge seems about four feet lower than usual for this time of year. Big problem is the drying out of the levels, threatening the rare marsh raft spider and many other species. The site has 68% of the aquatic plant species in Great Britain. It is reckoned to be the best site in Britain for water snails, one of the five best sites for aquatic beetles and has an amazing variety of dragonflies. A favourite dining place for herons and white egrets.

WALLSEND Road mysteriously leads to no wall. Pevensey Bay Sea Defences explain why they haven’t built one, and keep on building up the beach with boatloads of shingle.

They say the trouble with a wall is there is no wave energy dissipation, which can lead to scour at the wall base. Walls can cause beaches to dissipate rendering them useless for beachgoers, disrupt natural shoreline processes and destroy shoreline habitats, alter sediment transport processes leading to down-drift erosion. And scar the very landscape they are trying to save, becoming an ‘eyesore.’ They’re also very expensive to build.

TIME to check on this year’s growth of the fast-growing Floating Pennywort on the levels. Pennywort raises the risk of flooding and starves water of light, nutrients and oxygen. More than 24 miles of ditches on the Levels contained the weed and it has been the subject of a massive £40,000 clean up. It has been attributed to garden pond owners disposing of their unwanted aquatic plants in the waterway.


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