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The Trust owns Ferry Field, a wet pasture and pool, and Mill Pond Marsh, a reedbed within the complex of sites forming the larger nature reserve

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Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve is well known in the Chichester area for its large tidal mudflats attracting thousands of birds throughout the year, including little egrets, and for the shingle ridges lining the coast which are a site for rare plants such as the childling pink. A number of different sites make up the reserve; two of these are owned by the Trust and leased to West Sussex County Council who manage the reserve.

What you can see

Huge variety of waders and wildfowl, and southern marsh orchid.

Getting around

Pagham Harbour is located six miles south of Chichester. Most of the Local Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, can be viewed from a number of vantage points, and there are footpaths around the harbour itself. There is no access to Ferry Field (to avoid disturbing the birds) but it can be seen from the comfort of the hide close to the Visitor Centre. Mill Pond Marsh is also closed to the public, but can be viewed from the minor road to the south.
For full details of visiting please call the Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre 01243 641508.

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larger location map
nature reserve map (pdf)
town: Chichester
postcode: PO20 7NF
grid ref: SZ856966
lat long: N 50.763130
W 0.786942


Further information

Nature Reserve guide entry (pdf)

Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve

Species Recording Form

Nearest cycle networks to this nature reserve

Nearby SWT reserves

Levin Down

Sussex Wildlife Trust on

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