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Pagham Harbour

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Pagham Harbour

Pagham Harbour
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Pagham Harbour is located in West Sussex
Pagham Harbour
Shown within West Sussex
Area of Search West Sussex
Grid reference
Interest Biological
Area 615.9 ha (1,522 acres)

1954 (1954)

Designated 30 March 1988
Natural England website

Pagham Harbour is a natural harbour in West Sussex. It is south of the city of Chichester and near the towns of Pagham and Selsey.

Geographically it is the smallest and most easterly of the harbours of the Solent.

It is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest,[1][2] a Local Nature Reserve,[3][4] a Special Protection Area, and a Ramsar site. Its shingle spit is further designated a Geological Conservation Review site. In spring or autumn rare migratory birds can often be seen. Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve covers 1,450 acres (6 km2) of salt marsh, mudflats, farmland, copses, lagoons, reed beds and shingle beaches.

Rare bird species

  • Little tern (Sternula albifrons) during the breeding season
  • Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) over-wintering
  • Pintail (Anas acuta) migratory


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External links

  • West Sussex County Council - Pagham Harbour
  • Special Protection Area designation
  • Pagham Harbour photos and information
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