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People & the Environment
Bronze Age harbour uses
Nowhere on earth is free from the influence of humans. Chichester Harbour has been used and influenced by humans since the Stone Age and any study of the harbour must take this into account. Look at the Harbour Uses timeline for more information.
If you look at Chichester Harbour you will see the impact of people everywhere. There are houses, churches, roads, hedges, fields, cars, boats, fences, jetties, farm animals and so on. Then there is litter, noise and dirty water; pollution caused by people. How can we enjoy the harbour without spoiling it?
People are busy in the harbour all the time. All sorts of people use the harbour and thousands of tourists enjoy a visit. It is important to look after the harbour, not only for all those people, but also for the wildlife that lives and grows there too. It is difficult to balance the needs of all.
As citizens we can all help to make the decisions about the future of the harbour, but we need to understand the issues. The Conservancy education service enables and encourages people to learn about the harbour. Junior Conservancy days are aimed especially at helping young people understand how the harbour is managed.