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The Conservancy was established by the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Act 1971. Its duty is the conservancy, maintenance and improvement of the Harbour and the Amenity Area for recreation and leisure, nature conservation and the natural beauty. The Conservancy also acts as the Joint Advisory Committee for the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Conservancy is the statutory Harbour Authority and is responsible for the safety of navigation, the regulation of moorings, works and dredging, enforcement of harbour byelaws and the collection of dues and charges.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy also acts as the Joint Advisory Committee for the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We manage the AONB on behalf of the four constituent local authorities. These are West Sussex County Council, Hampshire County Council, Havant Borough Council and Chichester District Council.
The Conservancy works with landowners, particularly in matters such as nature conservation, biodiversity, public access and landscape improvements. It undertakes projects to conserve and enhance the area's natural beauty while helping visitors to learn about and value this special place. As the Joint Advisory Committee, the Conservancy is consulted on planning policies and planning applications affecting the area.
The Conservancy consists of 15 members appointed by West Sussex and Hampshire County Councils, Chichester District and Havant Borough Councils and the Conservancy's Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee includes representatives of Harbour and AONB users, such as sailing, fishing, nature conservation, residents, farmers and commercial interests. The Conservancy must consult the Advisory Committee on the management of the Harbour and the AONB.
Recreation and leisure: The sheltered waters of the harbour are ideal for racing and day sailing and its channels offer secure moorings for cruising vessels. Over 10,000 craft use the harbour and there are some 5,500 moorings and 14 sailing clubs with over 11,000 members. Other popular activities include angling, birdwatching, walking, wildfowling, painting and photography.
Landscape: The landscape of Chichester Harbour was formally recognised as being of national importance in 1964 when it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Nature Conservation: The harbour is of national and international importance for nature conservation. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a wetland of international importance, a Special Protection Area for wild birds and a candidate Special Area of Conservation. The Harbour is of particular significance for wintering wildfowl and waders of which 6 species reach numbers which are internationally important.
Economic: The Harbour and its surroundings are commercially important for:
The challenges of managing an area of such importance with so many potential conflicts are clear. The Conservancy bases its management of the Harbour and the AONB on four principles:
The Conservancy's income is from four main sources:
Harbour Dues paid by yachtsmen meet the cost of running the harbour, maintaining the navigation marks, controlling works and dredging and enforcing the byelaws.
Mooring charges meet the cost of maintaining and administering Conservancy moorings and mooring sites and contribute to the cost of running the Harbour.
Other income pays for environmental work such as tree planting, recording and surveying wildlife, footpath maintenance and providing information about the area.