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East Head West Wittering


Type:Natural Feature

Snow Hill, West Wittering, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 8AT

Tel: 01243 814730

East Head, credit National Trust Images


One of the fastest moving sand and shingle spits in the United Kingdom

East Head, in West Sussex, is one of the last surviving pieces of natural coastline in Sussex; a treasured example of the nationally rare and fragile, yet dynamic, sand-dune habitat.

Considered one of the best beaches in Sussex, it's an ideal place to walk, play and sunbathe. Or just admire the yachts which anchor off the northern end, where you may spot the occasional seal.

There are several distinct habitats - shingle, sandy foreshore, then a dune succession from embryo, through yellow and grey, finishing with salt-marsh. Each are fascinating to study and are particularly suitable for geography projects.

Specially adapted maritime plants such as the tough-leaved Sea Holly and Sea Bindweed grow through the sand, their vibrant colours can be seen throughout the summer. The distinctive Maram Grass needs burial by shifting sands to enable it to grow.

Landward of the dunes is salt-marsh, one of rarest habitats in the south. In winter it is home to many migrant wildfowl such as Sanderling, Redshank and Godwits. Plants here include the common and the rarer Lax-Flowered Sea Lavender and Glasswort, the ashes of which were once used in the glass making process.

Bosham quay, 6 miles away by boat, is reputedly the site where King Canute proved that he couldn't command the sea to stop. With one of the oldest churches in Sussex nearby, it makes an ideal wedding party location.


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  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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