Places to see birds

Chichester Harbour

With acknowledgement to CHC website - Chichester Harbour is an estuary of deep salt-water channels; bounded by mud banks which are covered twice daily by tides flowing through the narrow entrance. There are sandbanks and shingle near the entrance and much of the shore at the high-tide mark is of shingle.
Birds choose to spend all or part of the year here because the conditions suit them, there is abundant food and little pollution or disturbance. For details of these birds see and follow the environment - birds menus. The Conservancy also work with The Migration Story which tracks Greenshank, the project is web based at

The Harbour is not accessible to the "car potato" (as distinct from the "couch potato") as there are very few places to sit in the car and watch the birds. One has to get out and walk and for this the Harbour is very well suited.
The East margin has a footpath/cycle track almost the whole of it's length from Fishbourne to East Head. Parking of varying space is available at Fishbourne Church, Apuldram Church, Dell Quay, Chichester Marina, Itchenor, and East Head.
Bosham Creek is available from Bosham (beware the tide!), Smugglers Lane and Cobnor. Cobnor has an extensive length of footpath specially constructed for wheelchairs.
Thorney Island is MOD property but with permission, a round island footpath is in place.
Nutbourne Marsh and the harbour is accessible from Farm Lane, Nutbourne.
The Emsworth channel is accessible from Emsworth, Warblington Church and Langstone.
A new wheelchair path has just gone in at North Common, Northney (just over the Langstone bridge onto Hayling)which is a good bird viewing path.
The rest of the East margin of Hayling Island has few pedestrian facilities and parking at the harbour entrance is predominantly controlled by Hayling Island Sailing Club.