Plan your visit
Reserve: open, daily, at all times.
Visitor Centre: we have no visitor centre here at Medmerry, however our nearby RSPB Pagham Harbour Visitor Centre is open every day 10am-4pm (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
Guided walks is closed
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
The nearest railway station is Chichester, 7 miles away. Buses run from there.
If walking/cycling, turn south over the level crossing down Stockbridge Road for approximately 100m then turn left into Canal Basin. Immediately to the right is the canal path which is the start of Route 88 and ends at Pagham Harbour Visitor Centre. You can walk from there by public footpath to Medmerry reserve (1.8 miles).
The bus station is 2 minutes' walk from the train station. The 51 service from Chichester Bus Station to Selsey stops outside Pagham Harbour Visitor Centre. From here you can access Medmerry by public footpath (1.8miles). The 52 Witterings service stops at the end of Clappers Lane, from there walk along Clappers Lane to Earnley Church where the reserve is signposted (0.7miles).
Route 88 from Chichester ends at Pagham Harbour visitor centre (8 miles). From there the Medmerry Cycle Link connects the Pagham Harbour and Medmerry reserves (1.8 miles).
From the A27 at Chichester, take the A286 south towards The Witterings for 3.9miles and then the B2198 to Bracklesham. After 1.8miles turn left into Clappers Lane – the reserve is signposted at the end of the lane.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are welcome on the public footpaths and bridleways around the reserve. Please keep to the designated rights of way only.
Please keep your dog on a lead / under close, effective control at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats and livestock here. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife / livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead / under close, effective control.
- Leads and dog bags are available from nearby RSPB Pagham Harbour Visitor Centre.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Groups are very welcome to visit the nature reserve. However there is no coach parking available and car parking is very limited. With this in mind we ask that groups liaise with us in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01243 641508 so we can help ensure that you get the most out of your visit. We may also be able to offer guided walks.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, we have temporarily paused our school visits until autumn 2021. For information on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.
School visits to Medmerry are curriculum-linked, hands-on and fun. We provide all equipment – children only need to bring suitable clothing, drinks and packed lunches.
Our secondary programmes are customisable to suit your requirements and are designed to take all day:
- KS3 Geography - Fieldwork
- KS4 Geography - Coastal Landscapes and Management
- KS5 Geography - Coasts