This growing, offshore shingle island is located off North of Fleetwood, 1.6 Miles (2.6 Km) from the coastline. Thanks to Christopher Verity for the above photo.
It’s currently made of pebbles and shingle, rather than sand. At the moment the bank stands over 10m tall and is still visible even at a normal high tide.
Take a look at these amazing photos of it in 2018, taken by and with thanks to Christopher Verity. Click/swipe from left/right to view gallery –
It’s clearly visible from the shoreline at Marine Beach behind the Marine Hall at Fleetwood seafront. The photo below was taken from the top of The Mount, you can just see the island as a grey stripe in the water. If you visit, take your binoculars!
**HEALTH AND SAFETY WARNING**
While this is all quite fascinating, please do not attempt to visit the offshore shingle island.
Film of the Offshore Shingle Island
Local drone photography company Vision-Air were taken out to see the island by Paul Ashworth from Fleetwood RNLI.
They made this stunning film at 10am on 23 April 2016, when the tide was at approx 5.5 m. It sparked widespread interest in the new land mass when they published their film online.
Initially Vision-Air sent the footage to us here at Visit Fleetwood. By the end of the same week it had been picked up from this website by the local and regional media and was a talking point on the Fylde Coast (and it’s not the first time that’s happened!)
Watch the Vision-Air film here:
More Details about the Offshore Shingle Island
The Vision-Air survey in 2016 revealed that the island was:
- 638 metres long,
- 10.2 metres high
- 3.4 hectares square and
- between 10-15 metres wide.
It tapers to a sandbank at the south side and drops off to water at the north side – where the seabed falls down to the 60ft drop of Lune Deep.
Various theories exist as to why it is growing.
- Probably the favourite reason is that the channel of the River Wyre is no longer dredged by ABP. The Stena ferries stopped using the Port some years ago.
- Another well discussed theory is that the stones are resurfacing from a long lost Roman Fort in the area.
- And it could be a consequence of the new sea defence works along the coast at Cleveleys and Rossall.
Can we find out why?
The offshore shingle island is one of the things that the new Coast Watchers project would like to find the reason for. It’s aim is to make us all into Citizen Scientists who record and track the movement of our beaches and shoreline.
If you spend any length of time on the Fylde Coast, you’ll know that the seabed and beach moves about from day to day with the tides. There have always been sandbanks and beds around the Fleetwood coastline, Wyre estuary channel and Morecambe Bay.
Len Yeadon said on Facebook “This might be a continuation of a phenomenon that was around in my great grandfathers time. People spoke of fishing trips where an island “rose” out of the sea.”
Paul Barker added “Kingscar has been there for many years – it has just been getting a bit bigger recently. It is nothing new.”
Kingscar Bank is included on Admiralty Charts going back to the 1700’s. Usually under the sea, it hasn’t been visible before now.
While you’re here…
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