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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


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