Winter bird watching at Pagham Harbour

Type:Participatory Event

Visitor Centre, Selsey Road, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 7NE
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Kay Optical Field Day at Pagham Harbour


Winter is the best time to see the variety of waders and wildfowl around the Harbour.
It is best to check a tide table and plan your visit as the tide is coming in. (Pagham Harbour tide tables are on sale at the Visitor Centre in Sidlesham).
As the water rises in the Harbour the birds are pushed off the mudflats and up on to the saltmarsh and the surrounding fields, especially on the north side of the Reserve. Birds present at this time of the year include Dark Bellied Brent, Wigeon, Black Tailed Godwit, Knot and (if you are in luck) Avocet.
These birds can be viewed from anywhere around the Harbour's edge but some of the better areas to try are the north fields and Breach Pool, and the hides at Pagham Spit and Church Norton.

At this time of the year it is worth a look on the sea from the two spits. Offshore, particularly at high tide, a wide range of seaducks, divers and grebes can be viewed.

Click on the link provided for all the latest news and seasonal wildlife to watch out for at Pagham Harbour, just west of Bognor Regis.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From A27 Chichester by pass take B2145 towards Selsey. Visitor Centre is on left hand asie after about 4 miles just before stretch of water on right.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station: Bognor Regis or Chichester Stagecoach Bus no 60 runs regularly between Bognor Regis and Chichester with stops in Pagham. Approximately half a mil walk to the Nature Reserve

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Open (1 Dec 2020 - 28 Feb 2021)

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