logo Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon

18 miles and 180 billion pebbles

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Wave Buoys
The Channel Coast Observatory (CCO), run by the National Oceanographic Centre at Southampton, operates a series of wave buoys along the south coast. Two are adjacent to Chesil Beach (Chesil and West Bay units). Click the logo to go to the real-time data page on the CCO site. The two buoys of interest are in the list at the bottom of the page or click on the buoys on the map. They are located off the beach opposite the Wyke Bridging Camp and just to the south of West Bay harbour.You may need to click 'Select Today' to get the latest data. There is also a buoy in Weymouth Bay which is located off Bowleaze Cove.

POL logo Tidal Station
The Proudman Oceanographic Laboratories (POL) operate a number of accurate tide stations around the UK coast. The nearest to Chesil Beach is located on the Pleasure Pier in Weymouth. Click the logo to the left to go to the POL site and see live data from this gauge.
These links are provided for your convenience and information. We have no control over the content and continued availability of the sites. Easytide logo Tidal Predictions
The UK Hydrographic Office offer tidal predictions using EasyTide. There are four reference locations around Chesil Beach. Click one of the links below to get predictions for the next seven days.
Chesil Cove
Chesil Beach
West Bay
If you live in a low-lying area close to Chesil Beach you may want to check the Environment Agency flood warning web site at times of bad weather.

Weather data
There are a number of sites providing real-time weather data. The user is cautioned that some of this data is not quality-controlled.

Weymouth - Pleasure Pier, wind speed/direction only
Portland Port - Wind speed/direction only
Met Office - Reported data for Isle of Portland

xcweather A useful site for the microliters. Hover over the Portland arrow to get current and forecast conditions.

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Wildlife recording
The Dorset Environmental Records Centre (DERC) records wildlife for the whole of Dorset, including Chesil Beach and the Fleet. To visit their site click the logo.

  Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre Bird sightings
Portland Bird Observatory lists sightings around Portland, Ferrybridge, Chesil Beach, and the Fleet.
  Dorset Bird Club Dorset Bird Club also report bird sightings from across Dorset, including all parts of Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon


Last updated 5/11/2010

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