Tern TV

Live action from the Chichester Harbour Tern Rafts

Discover the harbour by boat…

Harbour Discovery, Seal Safaris and Evening Cruises on our solar-powered boat…

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Nature Recovery

Working to protect and restore our harbour habitats…

Chichester Harbour – a National Landscape

Welcome to Chichester Harbour National Landscape

In November 2023 all designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Chichester Harbour became National Landscapes. The new name reflects our national importance: the vital contribution we make to protect the nation from the threats of climate change, nature depletion and the wellbeing crisis.

Chichester Harbour was designated as an AONB in 1964 and is one of 38 National Landscapes covering 14% of the land area of England and 5% of the land area of Wales.

Chichester Harbour National Landscape is one of the most important sites for wildlife in the UK, as well as being an active harbour for water users.  Chichester Harbour Conservancy is the statutory authority with responsibility for managing the harbour and its surrounding areas. The harbour is the only National Landscape in the UK that is managed by a harbour authority.

Our focus is on the protection and restoration of nature as well as recreation and leisure. We aim to ensure Chichester Harbour remains a haven for wildlife and a destination for future generations of visitors to enjoy.

Thank you to our photographers for the images on this website, including Paul Adams, John Arnott and Shirley Rushmer.