Kingmere Rocks Reef
Since Bexley BSAC’s move to Littlehampton the Kingmere has been a favourite site. This large area of broken ground extends 6nm SE from Littlehampton extending due south of Worthing. The topography attracts good marine life, in particular the black bream, as the area is one of the largest breeding sites of black bream in the country.
Due to its depths it is an ideal dip for any grade of diver and is a good way for the novice diver to appreciate a first drift dive. Large outcrops of sandstone rock and large isolated boulders interspersed by course sand provide the interest. Some of the boulders rise up to around 2m or so, and provide good cover for wrasse, blennies, lobster and crab, and the area is clearly popular with fisherman who pot the area. The sand patches should not be avoided as flatfish and starfish can be found amongst the mussels and slipper limpets along with the occasional thornback ray. Dogfish are common. The viz is generally good, and due to the shallow depth and the light coloured sand, conditions don’t dictate a torch, however one is always handy when poking in and around the undercut boulders. To my knowledge the area is devoid of wrecks, however, I have found (and raised) a lost anchor or two, embedded amongst the rocks.
Moving slightly West, there is more broken ground, known locally as the Mexican Hat and East and West Ditch, depths and marine life are comparable to the Kingmere.
On its day the Kingmere is a good a drift as you will find in the Channel and in many cases saves the day when viz has been especially poor on the wrecks to the south east.
Depths: 10m-15m (LW / HW)
Profile: undulates, rocks 1 to 2 metres proud
Position: 50 43.00N 000 27.50W
Distance: 6nm SE from Littlehampton
R.Nokes - May 2010
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