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Chessel Bay
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: Hampshire
Natural England
Regional Team:
South East
Year of Declaration: 1991
Declaring Authority: Southampton City Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SU 440 130
Location: Southampton . SO19 4DF
Owned by: Southampton City Council
Managed by: Southampton City Council and Volunteers
SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Chessel Bay is situated in Southampton City on the eastern bank of the river Itchen, south of Northam Bridge.
Quayside Road off the main A3024 Bitterne Road W
The main entrance is through the end of Quayside Rd.
Visitor facilities: None on site
What to see: The Bay is the only remaining long stretch of undeveloped, natural shoreline in the lower Itchen river. A narrow strip of woodland, with oak, beech, brambles and hawthorn, runs along the edge of the Reserve which is bounded by a railway line to the north east. A parallel strip of shingle and salt-marsh contain iris, sea club rush, reeds and sea asters. 
The largest proportion of the site is composed of mudflats, which at low tide provide  feeding grounds for wading birds and wildfowl. The distinctive sight and sound of oystercatchers is common throughout the year, as is the song of birds which inhabit the woodland.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Friends of Chessel Bay
Local contact: Rose Nicole at
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Southampton City Council
General Enquiries 023 8083 3000
Website address and other links:
alternatively try and search for Chessel bay Local Nature Reserve

Last updated 01/03/2016
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