Chichester Harbour Maps

One of the few remaining undeveloped coastal areas in Southern England. It's bright wide flat expanses and intricate creeks are a major wildlife haven and some of Britain's most popular boating waters.


Backed by the Sussex Downs, the harbour is a series of tidal inlets and creeks which punctuate areas of fertile farmland. Fringed by a narrow margin of wind-sculptured oaks and hawthorn, the fields in turn give way to salt-marsh, intertidal mudflats, grazing land, poplar shelter belts, orchards and historic harbourside settlements.  The harbour lowlands contain high quality arable farmland with some beef and dairy farming.

The vertical elements of church spires, old mills and boat masts are an important part of its character, as are the colour-washed, red-roofed villages.
 
There is also a sense of wilderness and isolation. Its rich diversity is enhanced by patterns of daily and seasonal rhythmic changes in the land and sea.  The huge stretch of tidal flats and saltings are of outstanding ecological significance.  The rich, complex estuarine habitats of the harbour are a RAMSAR designated wetland.  Large populations of wildfowl and waders use the mudflats feeding on the rich plant life and the huge populations of intertidal inverterbrates.  More than 9,000 Brent geese spend winter on the intertidal mud-land and adjacent farmland.

There are no major towns in the AONB, although it is accessible from Portsmouth and Southampton. Picturesque creekside villages such as Bosham and Itchenor are sought after for commuter, retirement and holiday homes.  Boatyards, marinas and commercial fishing are important elements of the local economy. 

This is one of the south coast's most popular sailing waters with a resident fleet of 10,000 sailing vessels.  25,000 visitors come and enjoy the Harbour waters each year for racing, cruising and fishing.  The villages, beaches and shoreline footpaths are also popular local leisure and visitor destinations for London and South East residents.

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