A popular footpath along Bosham foreshore has been given a much needed facelift with the help of Friends of Chichester Harbour. Twenty seven volunteers helped the rangers to transform the footpath, which runs along the foreshore from Shore Road, Bosham. They also planted some hedging along a nearby road.
Three stretches of an old muddy track have been clearly marked as a footpath and five tons of shingle were taken by wheelbarrow and spread between edging stones from the foreshore. Several fingerposts were installed to mark the new footpath and avoid walkers straying onto nearby private land by mistake.
The footpath is used throughout the year, and is particularly busy in the summer months when visitors use the Bosham to Itchenor ferry. Unfortunately, it is not accessible at high tide so the Conservancy is installing information boards near the footpath, asking people to check tide times and use an alternative route, which runs along the road.
Judith Meagher our Countryside Officer said,” The rangers and volunteers have done a wonderful job. They have totally transformed this footpath within a few hours. This work will benefit both people and wildlife - visitors can enjoy walking along the foreshore without getting muddy and this will avoid further damage to the delicate saltmarsh.”
Chichester Harbour is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is protected by several national and international designations. Over 50,000 birds come to the harbour each year to feed and nest. The new footpath runs alongside a protected saltmarsh area and this work has been approved by Natural England. Walkers can help to protect the delicate saltmarsh by staying on the footpath and keeping dogs under control. Dogs can disturb feeding or nesting birds, causing them to fly off and waste valuable energy.