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Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve

Pagham harbour nature reserve

The transfer of the management of Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve from West Sussex County Council to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) was signed on 1 February 2012.

The 1,500 acre site has been managed as a local nature reserve by the County Council since 1964 and its facilities include a visitor centre. The Harbour attracts more than 200,000 visits a year and is a vital amenity for local communities.

As part of the agreement, the County Council will have an executive role and will guarantee an annual payment to help support the service until 2021.

Following a recent review, the County Council has determined that boating, fishing and bait digging in Pagham Harbour cannot be restricted through the use of permit systems. Therefore, a permit to carry out these activities will no longer be needed and the associated byelaws will not be enforced in relation to these activities.

A full review of the byelaws will be completed in the future when the boundary of the Local Nature Reserve is re declared. It is anticipated that this will take place in 2014. The current byelaws can be found in the document below.

Information about Pagham Harbour and its events is now available from the RSPB website.

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