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Read the Autumn newsletterAutumn 15
Read the Chairman's Report for 2014
Read the Friends article from the 27th March edition of the Chichester Observer
See us on the Friends' Flickr pageChichester Harbour Conservancy
Friends crowding Dell Quay and the Jetty on the 17th May 2012 to wish the Boat Project fair winds and good luck before she sets off on her maiden voyage along the South Coast the next dayElm
Read about the English Elm ExperimentElm

Chichester Harbour is uniquely attractive. With the rolling hills of the South Downs as a backdrop, the narrow harbour entrance breaks into four channels spread out like the fingers of a hand. Scattered around the shoreline are seven picturesque, vibrant villages. Its forty-seven miles of shoreline remain remarkably natural and clear of development. It is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Its habitat of estuarine mud, saltmarsh, reed beds, marsh grass and farmland support a large variety of wildlife. Its waters are home to fifty species of fish and marine life.

The harbour has the highest density of wetland birds in the UK.

The distinctly different habitats favour many species of butterflies, moths and insects, some immigrants from more Mediterranean climes. Half of the current list of British Large Moths is found here.

Amongst the mosaic of habitats, enthusiasts can find one of the greatest variety of plant species in a comparable area.

Though protected by National, European and International legislation, pressures on successful survival are ever increasing.

The Friends of Chichester Harbour need a strong membership to help preserve this unique area for future generations.

We are a registered charity, formed in 1987 concerned solely with sustaining and improving the environment of the harbour for the benefit of all users - both people and wildlife.

We support Chichester Harbour Conservancy in various practical ways, and help financially too – giving financial support towards care and improvement of the harbour environment. We are also represented on the Conservancy's advisory governing body.

If you appreciate the pleasures of Chichester Harbour why not join us as a Friend of Chichester Harbour. Our growing membership of over 3,000 people, includes sailors, fishermen, walkers, naturalists, wildfowlers, local residents and visitors and is open to any person interested in the well being of Chichester Harbour.

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Awarded Freedom of the Harbour for outstanding conservation work






















This is the area of Chichester Harbour - click on it for larger version

Our area




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