Posted 7 January 2012 by Andrew Gardner
The Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the RSPB at Pulborough Brooks are offering a series of weekends this month to meet some of our neighbours!
In January we see the arrival of thousands of migrating birds in Sussex who regularly visit our shores over the winter months. We have also found that Sussex in January is proving particularly popular for short break holidays buoyed by the fact we are having a mild winter here in the south so far!
You don't have to be an avid birdwatcher, so if you want something relaxing to enjoy, then setting off from Itchenor Quay in Chichester Harbour is a delight.
Over three weekends there are boat trips around this wonderful natural harbour, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Each trip of approximately 1.5 hours will have its own guide who will happily point out many of the visiting birds and impart some local knowledge to visitors. The tours usually head west taking in many inlets towards The East Head Nature Reserve an area of special scientific interest that borders the blue flag beach at West Wittering. The trips set off from Itchenor on Saturday 14, 21 and 28 January.and Sunday 22 January, so do book early! .
For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, over the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January the RSPB Reserve at Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex is offering the opportunity to see birds that are more local to home. These birds frequent our own bird feeders and at Pulborough Brooks they will be encouraging them to feed at theirs where they can be observed at close quarters. The barn visitor centre and tea rooms here also have the most outstanding views over the Brooks. It's a great setting on the edge of the National Park and not to be missed, even in January!