CHICHESTER HARBOUR, THORNEY ISLAND AND PILSEY ISLAND
Wintering wildfowl and waders are the main draw to these sites. Pilsey Island is a small island off the tip of Thorney Island, which hosts the largest wader roost in Chichester Harbour. Thorney Island can be explored by taking the coastal footpath. It is a five mile walk, with good views of Pilsey Island halfway round. Little Grebe, Water Rail, Little Egret, Barn Owl, Cetti’s Warbler, Redshank and Mediterranean Gull may be seen all year. Spring and autumn brings estuarine wildlife and waders, including Whimbrel, terns, gulls such as Mediterranean and a few passerine migrants. Terns in the harbour are the main interest in summer. Osprey are regular in autumn. Winter finds estuarine waders, with a large roost at Pilsey and also Avocet, Golden Plover and Spotted Redshank. Wildfowl include Brent Goose, Pintail, Wigeon, Scaup, Eider, Redbreasted Merganser and Teal. At this time of year, there is a possibility of Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine, Short-eared and Barn Owls, as well as Kingfisher, Rock Pipit, Snow Bunting and Stonechat.
GREAT FOR A coastal birdwatching walk with great views of the Islands