Bird Watching (UK) - - Bird The World -

West Beach lies be­tween Littlehampton and Climping, and is of great­est in­ter­est dur­ing pas­sage pe­ri­ods when good num­bers of mi­grants pass through, in­clud­ing a num­ber of re­cent rar­i­ties. Low sand dunes sep­a­rate the hin­ter­land from a sand and veg­e­tated shin­gle beach. In­side the sea­wall are rough ground, Hawthorn and Black­thorn scrub, with small patches of wood­land. Win­ter waders in­clude Oys­ter­catcher, Grey Plover and San­der­ling. Fields sup­port size­able flocks of Lap­wing, while Snipe and some­times Jack Snipe fre­quent marshier ar­eas. Off­shore, Red-throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Com­mon Scoter, Eider and Red-breasted Mer­ganser feed. Gull flocks may in­clude oc­ca­sional Mediter­ranean, Glau­cous or Ice­land. A va­ri­ety of mi­grants oc­cur in spring and au­tumn in­clud­ing small num­bers of Redstart and Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel, Firecrest and Pied Fly­catcher. Hobby and Short-eared Owl are oc­ca­sional. The ad­ja­cent golf course is par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive to Wheatear and Whin­chat. Breeding species in­clude war­blers and Yel­lowham­mer.

GREAT FOR Spot­ting rar­i­ties, flocks of gulls and Lap­wings


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