Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve

Pagham Harbour and Medmerry

Pagham Harbour and Medmerry
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Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve

  • Car Park closure - Medmerry

    Please note the Easton Lane car park will be closed from Monday 03 September until Monday 01 October for Environment Agency works.

  • Recent Sightings August to mid-September

    The beginning of August brought the end to the hot dry weather of the previous two months; however, for myself I was away in Bulgaria viewing the wildlife of this interesting eastern country, along with the continuing warm weather. With beautiful scenery and fantastic wildlife, it was such a contrast to the quiet period of July, which is the post breeding season and waiting the on set of the migration. After a successful tern-breeding season, it was great to relax with a different collection of creatures.

     Here is a flavour of Bulgarian wildlife.


    Woodchat Shrike -- Bulgaria

    Spotted Fritillary -- bulgaria

    Queen of Spain Fritillary -- Bulgaria

    So the tern once again were the highlight of the summer with the final figures being confirmed as Little Tern 20 prs (13 fledged), Sandwich tern 29 prs (18 fledged), Common Tern 15prs (5 fledged), Black-Headed Gull 459prs (584 fledged) and Mediterranean Gull 6prs (8 fledged) and another record set for Tern Island and the benefits of the new fence were all to seen. Even another American visitor in the shape of a Royal Tern graced the site for a short time. These rare terns continue to enjoy the site after 2017 Elegant Tern.

    Juv Little Tern class of 2018

    After returning from Bulgaria, the migration was in full flow with the first early returning birds in the bushes and shingle whitethroat, pied and spotted flycatchers, whinchat and wheatears were the first to excite the local birdwatcher. On the pools Little Stint, curlew sandpiper and ruff, followed an early wood sandpiper. Then by the end of August Ospreys were being seen daily, then the discovery of two wryneck on the last week was a highlight despite being very elusive. Long legged wading birds then became the main feature with a spoonbill visiting Whites creek that continues to be there at time of writing and an unprecedented 12 Cattle Egret appeared as part of a countrywide invasion of this southern species.

    Cattle Egret -- North Fields


    Wood Sandpiper -- Ferry Pool

    The cool evenings in September mean that the mothing was slow however, two micro moths new to the reserve were caught in the first week


    Elachista alpinella -- Second for Sussex

    Acleris emargana

  • Road closure

    Please note that Rectory Lane leading from the B2145 to Church Norton car park will be closed 16 July to 03 August 2018 for BT works. Access will be available for anyone booking our Seashore Safari family event on Tuesday 31 July.