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About Langstone Harbour

Whimbrel eating shellfish

Image: Alan Vernon

The RSPB reserve occupies one third of Langstone Harbour - a muddy estuary that attracts large numbers of birds all year round. Terns, gulls and wading birds descend to breed on the islands in spring and summer, while thousands of waders and brent geese migrate from the Arctic to feed and roost in safety here.

The reserve occupies one third of the Langstone Harbour tidal estuary and consists mostly of intertidal mud but includes five small islands composed of saltmarsh and shingle ridges.

Apart from a landing area for recreational boat users on one of the islands, access to the reserve is restricted, thereby allowing birds to breed, feed and roost in an undisturbed state and the fragile habitats, with their specialised fauna, to develop naturally.

The invertebrates and vegetation of the mudflats are a rich food source for wildfowl and waders, while the islands are used for breeding by gulls, terns and waders and as a roosting site during high-tide periods.

Opening times

The reserve can be viewed at any time.

Entrance charges

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

Contact us

  • Tel: 01273 775333

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 50.826516,-1.025254
  • Grid reference: SU687034
  • Nearest town: Havant, Hampshire
  • County: Hampshire
  • Country: England

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