CHICHESTER GRAVEL PITS
These are a series of gravel pits adjacent to the A27 Chichester bypass. Interesting birding is possible in spite of occasional intensive use for watersports and fishing. A complex of pits with little marginal reed growth is covered in some places with willows, sallows and bramble scrub. In winter, a few Scaup and Goldeneye occur among more numerous Tufted Duck and Pochard. Dabbling ducks are relatively scarce, though Shoveler and Teal occur. The pits are best in hard weather, when Goosander, Smew and the occasional diver may appear. Chiffchaffs winter in waterside trees. Easterlies in spring produce small numbers of Little Gull and Black Tern. Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwit can pass overhead. Breeders include Great Crested Grebe, Shelduck, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Kingfisher and warblers. Common Terns breeds on rafts built by Sussex Ornithological Society. In autumn passage waders, including Greenshank, Little Stint and Ruff, occur, and small numbers of Little Gull and Black Tern can be seen. Large numbers of hirundines roost.
GREAT FOR Hirundines and Cormorant roosts