Pagham Harbour, West Sussex, Sunday 17th May 2015

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Pagham Harbour

Pagham Harbour

As we have now sold our Elddis Motorhome and won’t be going away again until early July, missing out on our May half term holiday, and taking advantage of the glorious sunshine, we thought we would just drive to this beautiful natural wildlife sanctuary, which is only a few minutes from our house.

The bird watching hut at harbour entrance

The thatched bird watching hut at harbour entrance

Looking towards the village and church

Looking towards the village and church

We used to come here often when we first moved to Bognor Regis on our long Sunday walks with our son followed by a drink in a local pub, a habit that, sadly, we have neglected of late, sometimes due to the awful weather but also to the always rising beer prices. But the sun was out with a vengeance today, first time this month, and I just couldn’t wait to get out there and soak up all those important sun rays and enjoy a stroll in this very special local jewel.

A natural pool for wildlife

A natural pool for wildlife

It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve seen this natural harbour, it always looks marvellous at any time of year, not just because of the gorgeous landscape of the wetlands but because of the wading birds that live here or come to visit at different times of year, like little egrets, herons and ringed plovers. It really is a treat for bird watchers and walkers alike and we are very privileged to live so near such a special place.

A heron in the bushes!

A heron in the bushes!

A swan and a heron in flight crossing right in the middle of the picture

A swan feeding and a heron in flight crossing right in the middle of the picture

Another swan leading the cows to the water!

Another swan leading the cows to the water!

I really believe the cows were following the swan

I really believe the cows were following the swan

The site is now managed by the RSPB and more information about location and special events can be found here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/p/paghamharbour/about.aspx

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A beautiful field full of buttercups and Pagham village in background

A beautiful field full of buttercups and Pagham village in background

Plant life is also stunning here

Plant life is also stunning here

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    • Yes, we sold our Elddis a couple of weeks ago and have bought a Hymer from my in-laws, which we’ll be picking up next week. Beautiful as it is to travel afar and discover new places, one must never forget the lovely places in our own backyard.

  1. Looks so beautiful Fatima, we tend to overlook the beauty of nature so close to us, good luck with your new motorhome look forward to seeing pictures of it, your Elddis served you so well.

    • Thank you, John. It was sad to see our Elddis being driven away, but one must move on. I can only hope that the new owners will enjoy it as much as we did. Peter is with his parents at the moment sending me pics of our newly acquired Hymer: it looks Fab!

  2. Isn’t it nice that you have a lovely place to walk so close to your home. You made so many memories in you Elddis but I know new adventures await in your newly acquired motorhome…best of luck with it.

  3. Thank you, Karen. Luckily, I have hundreds of pictures of the places we visited in the last 5 years. I had to put them on an external hard drive, as they were taking too much space on my laptop. At least I’ll be able to take them with me wherever I go, as the device doesn’t take any room at all, unlike the old photo albums, which I am loathe to leave behind when we finally leave England.

    West Sussex really is a beautiful part of the world, if only the weather was more agreeable!!!!

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