Boat in Bann Estuary, Co, Londonderry

Code of Conduct for boating

This Code of Conduct is for the use of waterborne craft in Pagham Harbour.

The Code

Pagham Harbour is a tidal estuary so a right of passage exists for all craft. This voluntary Code is designed to try and protect the things that make the Harbour such a special place. Pagham Harbour is part of an internationally important nature reserve. 

Please abide by the nationally agreed code(s) appropriate for your craft. Advice is available from The Green Blue Project (the jointly funded initiative from the British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association) and ‘You, your canoe and the environment’ leaflet produced by Canoe England.

  • Only launch and land from Sidlesham Quay (as shown on the map) or access the harbour from the sea. Landing elsewhere (expect in an emergency) is a trespass without the landowner’s consent.
  • Familiarise yourself with the legislation which applies in the Harbour – if you deliberately damage habitats or disturb wildlife, you risk breaking the law. The byelaws which apply in the local nature reserve are available from the Pagham Harbour visitor centre.
  • Boating is undertaken at your own risk, and the Local Nature Reserve does not have any rescue capability. Be aware of the fast flowing tides, shallow waters and soft mud. Make sure there is enough water to get back to Sidlesham Quay or out of the harbour mouth.
  • Please keep noise and wash to a minimum.
  • Please avoid disturbing wildlife whilst boating and keep your distance wherever possible.
  • Birds need undisturbed nesting and roosting areas within the Harbour, so please try to avoid the refuge areas and Islands (see map) at all times.

For more information about the Code of Conduct and Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve, please contact us.

Coast on a stormy day

For more information

Pagham Harbour
01243 641508