Today (06/02/11) I gave Broadstairs Viking Bay a look with the intention of taking a few photographs of the black mineral deposits below the strandline.
Today the beach was very clean and the strandline was virtually non existent except in one area. This area regardless of the wind direction is situated in front of the wooden slipway and is a renowned Amber hotspot.
Sharing this small patch with 18 Turnstones I didn't find any Amber this time, however there were many empty Dogfish egg sacs, Mermaids purses and some sea coal to be found which is consistent with the rest of the Thanet Coastline this time of the year.
The sea coal is a direct result of the unloading coal many many years ago at Broadstairs and is consistent with the amounts to be found around the other two Thanet harbours.
In the background of the photograph I have posted, the darkened sand can be seen below the strandline which does make me wonder how much of it is coal dust.