The unique Selsey Bill low headland reaches 3 miles out to sea. The beach extends in both directions from the headland. The groyne-ribbed beach to the east is most popular, backed by the sea wall with shingle stretching to Pagham.Tweet
Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.
There is parking for 500 cars by the beach and a slipway which gets covered in shingle making launching difficult.
Dogs not permitted in designated area May-Sept.
Beach cleaned weekly
Swimming, sailing, windsurfing and diving.
There are walks along the sea wall and a pond at the eastern beach. Pagham Harbour to the east is a nature reserve and a refuge for many species of birds, butterflies and plants. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach
Beach type: shingle,
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Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 15th May to 30th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.
High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?
Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.
At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-
Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.
Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!
MCS beach cleans are run all year round with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' in September.
Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.
Within 10 miles of Selsey beach
There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!
All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.
Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins
Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it
Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!
You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come
across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially
if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell
us what you find.
Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".
Within 10 miles of Selsey beach
Jellyfish seen here by Lisa Burns
on 22 Aug 2016
Basking sharks seen here by John Davis
on 16 Aug 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Laura Fletcher
on 22 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Peter Sullivan
on 17 Jul 2016