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About Pilsey Island

Sanderling feeding amongst shingle on beach

Image: Steve Round

This small reserve comprises a wide range of coastal habitats; intertidal sandflats and mudflats, fore dunes and yellow dunes, bare and vegetated shingle and saltmarsh. An impressive variety of unusual plants, spiders and insects exist on the reserve, thriving in the undisturbed habitats.

The reserve, together with the adjacent area of Pilsey Sand, forms one of the most important pre-roost and roost site for passage and wintering waders in the area.

The reserve has no facilities as such, but it can be viewed from the coastal path (the Sussex Border Path) that runs around the Thorney Island MoD base.

Opening times

The reserve can be viewed at all times, but please note that access to the Thorney Island MoD Base may be denied for military security reasons.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 50.840810,-0.912755
  • Grid reference: SU766051
  • Nearest town: Emsworth, Hampshire
  • County: Hampshire
  • Country: England

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