West Wittering - East Head

West Sussex

West Wittering - East Head
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

East Head is a sand dune spit, situated at the western end of west wittering on the entrance to Chichester Harbour. It is an Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Ramsar site - a wetland site of international importance.


Take a dip and enjoy some bathing. Explore this extraordinary site with its fragile dune habitats and salt mash. The National Trust manage the site. Look out for seals!

Wildlife and Walks

East Head is a popular site for bird watchers especially during the winter months when the whole area is teeming with over-wintering migrants. The sand dunes and the salt marsh are rare habitats.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at West Wittering - East Head

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There is a car park at West Witting, a 15 minutes walk away.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome here.

Beach cleaning

No current information.