West Sussex

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

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Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sand and shingle beach set on the south coast in front of Elmer, just to the east of Bognor Regis. Sea defenses line the coast.


Bathing, rockpooling and coastal walks are popular here.

Wildlife and Walks

The south coast cycle route is nearby. Bersted Brooks Local Nature Reserve is behind Bognor Regis, which has some wonderful flowers and wildlife from the early purple orchid to water voles. To the south west is the RSPB’s, Pagham Harbour, which has Black-tailed godwit, little tern and Pintail.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Potential hazards at this beach

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Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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