East Beach Pond
East Beach Pond is an oasis of nature and tranquility with mature trees offering shade on hot sunny days. The pond and surrounding land is rich in plant life with 30 species of trees and shrubs including Mulberries planted in commemoration of the D-Day Mulberry Harbours, 129 species of wildflowers and 27 species of grasses, sedges and rushes. This plant diversity benefits a wide range of bird and invertebrate species while creating a place in the town for relaxation and exploration.
Try and spot some of the wildlife that make their home in and around East Beach Pond with our East Beach Pond Wildlife Hunt
A Gold Award winner of South and South East in Bloom, East Beach Pond strikes a balance between being a conservation area managed for the benefit of the wildlife and an open space that is well used by residents and visitors alike.
In this relaxed area there are plenty of benches for you to sit and watch the variety of wildlife, including birds nesting undisturbed on the island in the centre of the pond. Damselfly and dragonfly are regular visitors and if you sit quietly and still you may even be able to glimpse one of Britain’s most timid and endangered mammals, the Water Vole.
Selsey Model Boat club sail on the pond regularly and Manhood Classic Cars meet in the car park every third Sunday of the month, making this a hub of community activity waiting to be explored.
As a haven for wildlife and fowl including mute swans, mallards, herons and Canada geese, it is all too tempting to take the kids to feed the ducks. The following are recommended alternatives that are better for them to eat than bread:
• Grapes that have been deseeded and cut in half
• Cracked corn, oats and other grains
• Frozen peas or sweetcorn that have been defrosted
Try to vary what you feed them, so they get a good mixed diet.
The pond is accessible via wheelchair and pushchair friendly pathways.
The Stagecoach no. 51 bus from Chichester stops at the junction of Beach Road and Constable Drive. A short walk down Beach Road brings you to East Beach Pond.
The pond sits next to a large, chargeable car park. This has a height barrier and no overnight parking. Set your Sat Nav to PO20 0SZ.
The perfect place for all of the family to learn about the flora and fauna of the area.
Take the chance to spot as many creatures as you can whilst walking around East Beach Pond.
Please keep your dogs on a lead whilst walking around the pond so as not to disturb the wildlife that lives there. It is an offence not to pick up after your dog. There are dog waste bins dotted around the area so please pick up after your furry friend.
Benches and a picnic table are placed around the pond so you can picnic in a beautiful shady area.
Public toilets can be found across the large car park, behind the kiosk. They do have disabled facilities although no baby change area and are closed at night.