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Harbour Youth Rangers

Aged between 16-19 and concerned about the natural environment?

Join us for our special free session:

Working party with Chichester Harbour Rangers
Thursday February 24 2022 –  10am – 1pm

Please book through Ticketsource. Click on the picure on the event for full details.

Salterns Way Resurfacing

Improvement works are currently taking place on the Salterns Way - the section affected at the moment is Westlands to Itchenor Caravan Park 

  1. Turn left at St James' Church, Birdham, into Crooked Lane and continue to the main road B2179
  2. Pass the Shell garage on your right and take the second exit at the roundabout
  3. Turn right onto Shipton Green Lane and continue to Itchenor Memorial Hall to rejoin the Salterns Way

The section from Itchenor Memorial Hall to Sheepwash lane is now complete and available for use.

See the map here

Harbour Tots – Parent and Toddler Group

We are very pleased to announce that we will be running Harbour Tots sessions during Autumn 2021 subject to the Government guidelines for Covid-19.

As before, the sessions will be outside and run from 10.30am to 12noon. The classroom will be available for use of the toilet facilities.

We will be limiting the number of children and adults participating to ensure we are Covid secure. 

The charge for a session is £5 per household/support bubble which is non-refundable unless the session is cancelled by Chichester Harbour Education.  Each household/support bubble should consist of a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children

All sessions must be booked and paid for in advance through Ticket Source.

Please come dressed for the weather and with sun screen. Please bring your own refreshments.

Sessions will only be cancelled in severe weather conditions. All participants will be contacted by 5pm the day before to be informed of any cancellation.

REDPOL Project

Chichester Harbour Conservancy is working in partnership with the Université Le Havre-Normandie (ULHN) and is composed of l’Université de Caen, TOXEM, the University of Brighton and the University of Portsmouth on a project to understand the role that chemical pollutants in our environment interfere with the endocrine systems of wildlife. REDPOL is part of the Interreg France – (Channel) England partnership and draws on the collaborative work of French and UK research institutions, members of industry and regional organisations. Read more here


Covid-19 Response

Issued 15 December 2021

All Conservancy facilities are open and operating as advertised. The Harbour Office at Itchenor is open and we would request that all persons visiting the Harbour Officer wear masks and follow the ‘one in one out’ policy to keep our staff and customers safe.

Face coverings are now compulsory in many indoor spaces in England, as stricter measures are being introduced to tackle the Omicron variant.

We will keep all Government guidance and advice under review, and further Covid 19 information relevant to Chichester Harbour will be released by us as we receive it.

Travelling to England during Coronavirus

For further information regarding passenger entry into the UK during the Coronavirus pandemic please click here.

Walking, running and cycling in Chichester Harbour AONB

The footpaths and Salterns Way cycle path remain open but please do not cycle on public footpaths, cyclists have no right of way. During the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a rise in cyclists using waterside footpaths which are designed for walkers only. Cycling on these footpaths is causing damage which is difficult and costly to repair.

Further Measures

We will keep all Government advice under review and any further information or changes to our operation will be published on our website.

Please click here for the latest Government guidance. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Risk Assessment

Chichester Harbour Conservancy have carried out a full Risk Assessment into all aspect of operations carried out by harbour staff and the management of Conservancy owned facilities within the harbour during the Coronavirus pandemic. To try and protect our employees and customers a full range of measures have been implemented in order to comply with current Government guidance. To view the Risk Assessment please click here. Please contact the Harbour Office, preferably by email to info@conservancy.co.uk, if you have any questions.


Countryfile and the Seals of Chichester Harbour

Chichester Harbour  featured on BBC One's Countryfile  programme last year and there has been increased interest in seeing the seals that find a safe haven in this harbour. 

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of people kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing recently - please avoid the seal haul-out site but if you do happen to find yourself on the water in the vicinity please keep at least 100m away to avoid disturbing the seals.  Some will be onshore but there may be some in the water.  At this time of year they are nursing young pups and will be very protective of them and potentially aggressive if approached too closely.

Check out The Solent Seals Code of Conduct for more information.


Harbour Life Magazine

Find out all that the Habour has to offer by reading the latest edition of our Harbour Life magazine here.


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