Pagham Harbour

Site overview: This site is on the south coast of England in West Sussex. It is made up of areas of saltmarsh and intertidal mud-flats, surrounded by lagoons and shingle. This is an important feeding area for birds, such as the little tern in summer, as well as ruffs in Winter.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


50° 45' 57" North,
0° 45' 46" West

Surface Area

6.29 km2
(2.43 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets
  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes


  • Little tern (Sterna albifrons) (Annex I (species))
  • Common tern (Sterna hirundo) (Annex I (species))
  • Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) (Annex I (species))
  • Dark-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla bernicla) (Regularly occurring migratory species)