Pagham Harbour update

Renewal of Pagham Harbour’s Local Nature Reserve designation

West Sussex County Council, as the designating authority, for Pagham Harbour LNR, in partnership with the RSPB is holding a drop-in event from 2.00pm to 8.00pm on Tuesday 24th February at the Pagham Harbour Visitor Centre in Sidlesham to provide information on the renewal of the existing LNR designation.

Following changes in landownership or landowner aspirations, it is important to re- declare the Local Nature Reserve (LNR) boundary for Pagham Harbour. This is a renewal of the existing LNR designation to reflect such changes on the ground.

Since the transfer of the day to day management of the nature reserve from West Sussex County Council to the RSPB three years ago, both parties have been in discussions with landowners and occupiers over drawing up agreements to include their land within the LNR. There has been a great response and WSCC and the RSPB would like to thank all landowners for their support and willingness to be part of one of the finest wildlife sites in the UK.

The benefits of the LNR designation include the potential to secure external funding, the ability through landowner agreements to undertake environmental monitoring and management, and the protection of wildlife through the enforcement of bylaws.

Everyone is welcome and there will be maps, literature and displays providing information on both the Reserve and the re-designation, which is expected to be concluded later in the year.

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