RSPB Pagham Harbour

Binoculars are available to hire from the Visitor Centre, or bring your own!

One of the country's most important coastal nature reserves, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Pagham Harbour is a haven for both wildlife and people. Enjoy a relaxing stroll beside the sheltered coastal inlet, as you take the family on the 'Discovery Trail' to the historic hamlet of Sidlesham Quay .

* Visit the Discovery Zone (no dogs) - with its beautifully landscaped pond & activity shelter 

* Discover the accessible bird hide. Use binoculars and the information boards to spot and identify a wide variety of birds

* Learn about the culture and natural history of the reserve

* Take part in some of the activities run during the school holidays. Click here to see what's on.

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Selsey Rd, Chichester, PO20 7NE


Free parking



Discovery Trail circular loop (1.75 miles) ​


The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am-4pm (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Public footpaths are open year round.

There is an option to take a shorter loop (0.75 miles), which is suitable for wheelchair users.


The longer route is generally suitable for pushchairs. However, rather than returning through the fields on the way back from Sidlesham, it is best to return the way you came. Collect a route map from the Visitor Centre - the trail is well signposted.

Dogs are welcome, but should be kept under close control to avoid worrying wildlife or other visitors.

Allow 1-2 hours for your visit. Toilets are located beside the Visitor Centre.

Update 20/07/20: Despite some changes to lockdown restrictions, the facilities at this reserve (Visitor Centre, toilets + bird hide) remain closed to the public for now.

The Discovery Trail remains open. To access the trail stand with your back to the car park (facing the road) and go through the gate on your left (signposted 'Discovery Zone').

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