SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Pagham Harbour

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Pagham Harbour is located on the south coast of England in West Sussex. It is an estuarine basin that comprises an extensive central area of saltmarsh and intertidal mud-flats, surrounded by lagoons, shingle, open water, reed swamp and wet permanent grassland. The mud-flats are rich in invertebrates and algae, and provide important feeding areas for birds. The lower saltmarsh is dominated by Common Cord-grass Spartina anglica, with patches of Glasswort Salicornia spp. The area supports breeding Little Tern Sterna albifrons in summer, as well as wintering concentrations of Ruff Philomachus pugnax and Pintail Anas acuta


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:
During the breeding season;
Little Tern Sterna albifrons, 12 pairs representing 0.5% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count as at 1995)
Over winter;
Ruff Philomachus pugnax, 160 individuals representing at least 22.9% of the wintering population in Great Britain
This site also qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following migratory species:
Over winter;
Pintail Anas acuta, 628 individuals representing at least 1.0% of the wintering Northwestern Europe population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)


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