What we offer

Visiting Chichester Harbour with your pupils

The Harbour Education Service offers a year round programme of educational activity for all ages in and around Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This includes curriculum linked field trips anywhere in the AONB, ranging from Key Stage 1 topics to A-level Geography or Biology.

We have a team of qualified teachers with years of experience to lead groups of all ages in any location in and around the harbour. We can also visit your organisation to give presentations or run workshops on harbour related themes.

In addition the classroom is available for hire.

Please see the details of our standard visits below. These are only examples – we design your field trip to fit your needs and curriculum focus.

For further details please contact Jane on 01243 789173 or email education@conservancy.co.uk

Art & Photography | Biology | Citizenship | Geography | History | Maths | Science | Funding

Art and Photography

Chichester Harbour offers an inspiring and powerful visual stimulus for art work. Workshops on offer include a wide range of media and techniques, painting and drawing, print making, felt making and photography.

Many art workshops focus on making art with found objects from the shoreline or woodland and look at the work of land artists such as Andy Goldsworthy.

Biology: A level

East Head provides an ideal location for studying succession across the sand dunes as well as identifying the indigenous fauna and flora. However, Dell Quay shoreline and saltmarsh has plenty of interest and a classroom to use for setting up experiments, writing up field notes. Schools can and have done their controlled coursework assessments at our Dell Quay classroom.

For schools who wish to hold residential field study trips, we can recommend local outdoor centres who offer accommodation. These centres also offer adventure and water sports activities.

Citizenship: Junior Conservancy Day Key Stage 2 (upper) and 3

Junior Conservancy is a unique venture where pupils from local harbour schools focus on how the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is managed. Following a session at the Harbour Education Centre with a selection of activities, the pupils will travel to County Hall and sit in the Council Chamber to carry out a debate on a planning issue.

This special day provides the following:

  • An introduction to Chichester Harbour
  • An insight into an AONB where some pupils may live
  • The opportunity to debate a case study in role
  • To take this debate to County Hall, Chichester
  • Opportunity to understand a real environmental issue from the point of view of various stakeholders

Geography Key Stage 1, 2 and 3

The Seaside, Impact of humans on the environment and Coastal processes

Give your pupils a firsthand experience of the coast by walking along the shoreline and visiting a marina. Or investigate West Wittering beach and the beautiful and dynamic sand dunes of East Head.

Chichester Marina provides a startling contrast with its shiny boats neatly moored in rows against a natural backdrop of open water. The lock gates can often be seen in action. From the marina there is an enjoyable walk to Dell Quay, through traditionally coppiced woodland and along the shoreline.

Activities at these sites could include; learning about the movement of sediment along the beach, understanding why we might need to protect the coast and learning about sea defences. Or learn about tides and investigate shoreline habitats.


Your pupils can experience and learn about rivers and their features. We start the field trip by collecting data from the stream at beautiful Fishbourne meadows. We then walk along sea defences and shoreline footpaths, past Apuldram water treatment works to Dell Quay. In the afternoon enjoy interactive activities at our classroom to consider issues such as flooding and planning in flood plains.

Geography: GCSE and A level

East Head is geography and environmental management in action

East Head is a dynamic location ideal for coursework topics.

The recent dramatic changes to this sandy spit make it an ideal place to visit to see coastal processes in action.

It provides a safe environment for practicing fieldwork techniques, such as transects, quadrats, measurement of slope and gradation of pebbles up the beach.

History - Key Stage 2 and 3

The Harbour is an ideal location to study and bring to life history topics. We offer history workshops on WW2, Roman history or harbour history through the ages.

History: WW2

We visit Thorney Island army base to look at WW2 pill boxes and sites. Then return to our centre at Eames Farm to make models and watch a film about the real experiences of local young people.

History: Romans

We think about why the Romans came to Chichester harbour, hunting for Roman pottery near to an archaeological site, tasting food and making roman style coins.

Other harbour sites offer opportunities to study the Victorian period. Chichester Marina and Dell Quay are both rich in industrial heritage or study into the many water mills in the harbour.

Maths workshops

We offer engaging and fun workshops using the natural environment for Maths enrichment. Your pupils will ,collect data using Maths skills, to investigate the size of crabs at Dell Quay. Activities include representing data on line graphs and pie charts, and doing surveys at our wildlife reserve called Beaky’s.

Science: Key Stage 1 and 2

Investigating creatures and habitats

Field trip activities are a fun and absorbing way to learn about habitats and animals. We offer fun and engaging days that involve children in exploring and investigating the environment around our centre.

We have a range of activities for older and younger pupils. Activities range from making Oystercatchers nests or crabbing off the quay, to learning about adaptations and food chains.

Fishbourne Meadows and Dell Quay shoreline provide an exciting contrast with an easy and enjoyable walk between the two sites. We offer stream dipping and ‘bug’ catching in Fishbourne Meadows and investigation of the muddy shoreline at Dell Quay, with its ‘sand spaghetti’ created by lugworms, seaweed, shells and scuttling crabs.

Beaky’s Wildlife Area

A few minutes from Dell Quay we have our own wildlife area. Beaky’s is specifically designed for younger primary age pupils, with raised ponds, interpretation boards and mini beast hunt areas.


Funding for local schools may be available for some of these trips. The charity, Friends of Chichester Harbour very kindly sponsors some our work.

For further details please contact Jane on 01243 789173 or email education@conservancy.co.uk

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