Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve
Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve
A huge coastal nature reserve, taking in over 1500 acres of shoreline, including mudflats, reedbeds, saltmarsh, lagoons, and shingle beaches. The harbour was formed when the sea broke through retaining walls built to reclaim low lying coastal areas. The result was a precious habitat for seabirds ranging from waders to wildfowl, with varieties of migratory birds joining native species.
During the winter months there are large numbers of Brent Geese, while in summer the reserve is home to migrants such as wheatears, sandwich terns, and sand martins.

Pagham Harbour is about more than birds, however. The shingle beach is an ideal environment for flowers like Poppy and Bugloss. There are nature trails from the Visitor Centre in Sidlesham.