Wildlife Day - Pagham Harbour


To be confirmed


Mike Russell

Group size

Maximum 6

Pagham Harbour is one of the most important sites for birds on the south coast, home to thousands of wildfowl and waders in the winter. Skeins of Brent Geese are arriving from their Greenland breeding grounds in their thousands. In the harbour, rafts of Pintail, Wigeon and Teal shelter at high tide, and we may spot recently-arrived Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser. A great variety of waders can be seen; large flocks of Dunlin and Redshank stay throughout the winter months, and Ringed, Grey and Golden Plover, Curlew, Red Knot and Bar-tailed Godwits can be seen in good numbers, with Whimbrel now often staying around at this time of year. Around reedbeds and rough pasture we may find Snipe or even Spotted Redshank, as we listen for the squeal of a Water Rail and keep watch for the local Peregrine, which regularly hunts across the Harbour, looking for a meal.