Walks, Events & Activities leaflet published - 06/03/19

Our programme of guided walks and events around the Harbour is available now.  Pick up a copy from the Harbour Office or other sites around the Harbour, or download a pdf copy here.

Chichester Harbour News & Guide 2019 now published - 18/02/19

Our annual publication covering all aspects of our work, navigation guidance, tide tables and regulatory information is now available.  Pick up a copy from the Harbour Office or other sites around the Harbour, or download a pdf copy here.

Would you like to spend the summer working here? - 11/02/19

We are recruiting for seasonal positions with our Patrol Team.  This is a great opportunity to spend the summer months working on the water.  Find out more here.

Two opportunities to join our Harbour managment team - 18/12/18

We have two job opportunities available to join our Harbour management team in Itchenor and Emsworth.  We can offer varied and interesting work in a marine based environment using a range of skills and experience, training opportunities, a competitive salary, pension and generous holiday allowance.  This is a rarely available opportunity to work for a unique public body, in a collaborative, team working environment and an exceptionally beautiful place.  Find out more here.

CHC welcomes Apprentice Ranger - 21/11/18

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has welcomed its first apprentice to the team. Tristan Brougham has joined the Conservancy’s team of Countryside Rangers on an 18 month scheme which runs until March 2020. Tristan will hold the position of Apprentice Ranger, working with the permanent team to understand, survey, monitor and report on Chichester Harbour and its habitats.  Read more here

Advertising in the Harbour News 2019 available - Oct 2018

The Chichester Harbour News & Guide 2019 is set to be a bumper issue.  Advertising space is available from full pages to directory entries so there is something to suit every budget.  The Harbour News is extremely well read throughout the year and we distribute 30,000 copies with 10,000 vessel owners receiving theirs when they pay their harbour dues and the remaining 20,000 available to visitors and residents around the Harbour all year long.  For more information, download our Media Pack or call or email Maria Court at the Harbour Office - 01243 512301  maria.court@conservancy.co.uk

New bridge for Thornham Point in Chichester Harbour - 28/09/18

A new footbridge at Thornham Point has been opened by the Chairman of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Jeremy Hunt.  The new bridge replaces one which had stood for 20 years and forms part of the footpath leading from Prinsted along the eastern shore of Thorney Island.  This route is popular with walkers and the panoramic views make it particularly attractive part of Chichester Harbour. Read more here

Drop-in sessions as part of Management Plan Consultation to be held - 10/09/18

Four drop-in sessions are planned for you to have a chance to meet with us and ask and questions or make any comments on our 2019-24 Management Plan.  Sessions will be:

  • Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall, Tue 18 Sept, 11am-3pm
  • Itchenor Village Hall, Wed 19 Sept, 11am-3pm
  • Hewitts Cafe, South Street, Emsworth, Fri 21 Sept, 11am-3pm
  • South Hayling Community Centre, Mon 24 Sept, 2pm-5pm

Find out more.

We're recruiting a Planning Officer - 06/09/18

Starting a career in planning? Work for us and help to protect Chichester Harbour AONB.  We are recruiting a Planning Officer to comment on planning applications around the Harbour. Support to achieve full RTPI membership will be given. Competitive salary and a generous leave allowance working from a harbourside office with unrivalled views across the water.  Find out more.

Consultation on the Chichester Harbour Management Plan 2019-24 is now open - 06/08/19

Looking after Chichester Harbour is vitally important. The 29 square miles of landscape has a delicate balance of interests, from internationally important habitats and species, to a long and proud history of sailing and boat building. With 10,585 residents and an estimated 1.5 million visitors every year, it is essential to have a Management Plan that is fit for now and the future.  Read more here.

Photography competition launched - 03/08/18

Calling all amateur photographers! We are delighted to launch our photography competition which will be running through the summer, with the aim of capturing images of the Harbour in all its glory. Whether you are a regular Harbour user or just visiting the area we’d love for you to capture any particularly impressive moments and share them with us all. Full details here.

The Sky at Night returns to Chichester Harbour - 03/08/18

Chichester Harbour has once again provided the backdrop for an episode of the BBC’s star gazing programme ‘The Sky at Night’. Filmed at Eames Farm on Thorney Island, one of the Harbour’s new Dark Sky Discovery Sites, the programmewas shot on a hot and sunny morning–perfect for a close up look of the sun. First broadcast in 1957, ‘The Sky at Night’ is one of the BBC’s longest running TV series. Read more here.

Tern nesting rafts installed on Thorney Island - 03/08/18

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has installed new tern rafts in Thorney Deeps to help support the future breeding of the birds. Although historically Thorney Island has offered good tern breeding sites, in recent years the tern population has suffered following threats from tidal flooding, human disturbance and predators such as foxes – hence the need for the rafts. Read more here.

Celebrations held to mark the refurbishment of the classroom - 19/07/18

Staff, teachers, children and sponsors came together to celebrate the complete refurbishment of the classroom at the Chichester Harbour Education Centre at Dell Quay.  The classroom, which provides a learning base for school field trips to the Harbour, has been fitted with new toilets, cupboards, flooring and decoration to provide a modern, bright and practical base for the 11,000 field trips sessions delivered annually by the Education Service.  Read more here

Chichester Harbour features on The Sky at  Night - 08/06/18

Chichester Harbour has provided the backdrop for an episode of the BBC’s star gazing programme ‘The Sky at Night’.  The episode will be shown on Sunday 10 June, BBC Four, 10pm.  Read more here.

Conservancy prepares for Open Day - 28/05/18

We are getting ready for our Open Day on Thursday 31st May 2018. The free event, which is open to all, has been organised to showcase the full range of activities and services involved in running a busy leisure harbour that is also and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Read more here.

New Data Protection Policy agreed - 16/04/18

On 16 April 2018 the Conservancy agreed a Data Protection Policy in response to the new requirements of the GDPR which come into force on 25 May 2018.  Read more here.

It's the start of a new season - 29/03/18

April is upon us and with it brings the start of the new sailing season.  There's sure to be lots of activity in the Harbour over the Easter weekend with plenty of racing to enjoy.  1 April is the start of the year for harbour dues, please make sure your harbour dues for the 2018/19 season are purchased and affixed. Our patrol team will be out and about plaque checking over the next few weeks, please speak to them if you have not yet had chance to get things sorted.  Find out more about our seasonal Patrol Team.

We're recruiting - 24/02/18

Would you like to work in the oustandingly beautiful Chichester Harbour?  We have a number of current job opportunities in Chichester Harbour across the breadth of our work from Planning to Patrol.  Click here to find out more.

Survey Launched - 19/02/18

We have launched the Chichester Harbour Residents and Visitors Survey 2018. We would like to encourage residents and visitors alike to take part and give their views. The responses will help to inform us how the area will be managed in future.  The survey should only take a few minutes to complete so please help us by taking part.  Complete the survey here.


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Information for sailors in Chichester Harbour is published weekly from Easter to the end of October in the Weekend Navigation Bulletin.