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Nutborne Marshes
LNR Type: Rural
County: West Sussex
Natural England
Regional Team:
South East
Year of Declaration: 1976
Declaring Authority: Chichester Harbour Conservancy (Chichester District Council)
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Grid Reference: SU 777 035
Location: Chichester Harbour. PO18
Owned by: Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Managed by: Chichester Harbour Conservancy
SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: The reserve is entirely intertidal or subtidal. It can be overlooked from the shoreline footpath.
Access is from Prinsted ,Nutborne and Chidham.
All three points are in walking distance of the A259.
Bus route 700 between Brighton and Portsmouth.
Trains stop at Southbourne station, 1 km from Prinsted, and Nutbourne station which involves a 2 km walk to the shore.
There is a small amount of roadside car parking at all points.
Wheelchair badge holders only can use a properly surfaced section of path starting from a car park at Cobnor.
Visitor facilities: Coastal footpath and car parking.
The first section of Prinsted path is wheelchair accessible. The Cobnor all access path starts from a car park and there is a toilet for RADAR key holders. Interpretation boards at Prinsted and Cobnor.
What to see: The main habitats are saltmarsh and mudflats
Plants include sea lavender, sea aster, glassworts, cord grass.
Mudflats have an abundance of invertebrates such as ragworm and mud snails and the channels contain fish such as bass, flounders and gobies.
It is a good site for migrating birds such as curlew, grey plover, dunlin. Breeding birds include terns, gulls and waders. Just off the reserve the farmland inside the sea wall supports hundreds of Brent geese in winter. The sea bank supports unusual plants such as sea wormwood. Other wildlife include butterflies and dragonflies.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Friends of Chichester Harbour.
The Membership Secretary
Friends of Chichester Harbour
c/o Harbour Office
Itchenor, Chichester, Hampshire PO20 7AW
Tel: 01243 512301

Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Tel 01243 512301
Website address and other links: and search for Nutbourne Marshes.

Last updated 20/03/13
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