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West Wittering - East Head

West Sussex

East Head is a sand dune spit, situated at the western end of West wittering on the entrance to Chichester Harbour. It is an Site of Special Scientific Interest) and a Ramsar site (a wetland site of international importance).

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Water Quality

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

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Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site

Facilities

Food availableToiletsShops

Parking

5000 pay spaces are available. There are disabled spaces.

Dog restrictions

Dog restrictions apply

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

No current information

Wildlife and Walks

East Head is a popular site for bird watchers especially during the winter months when the whole area is teeming with over-wintering migrants. The sand dunes and the salt marsh are rare habitats. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

Beach Location

Beach location map

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Wildlife sightings

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Read more about wildlife sightings at this beach and how to report sightings.

Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

What is water quality?

Bathing water quality refers to the amount of bacteria present in the sea, which can vary from beach to beach, and can change daily, even on the same beach. High levels of bacteria can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works and storm overflows or run-off from agricultural and urban areas.

Water quality is usually reduced for 24 to 72 hours after heavy rainfall.

Annual result

2014: not tested

At the end of this summer, beaches will be classified with new standards that use four years of sample data. The projected result above shows how the beach would have been rated last year if the new standards had been used, using data from 2011 to 2014. What does this mean?

The new standards don't need to be used until the end of this summer - in 2014 this beach was classified as:

2014: not tested

How the new and old standards compare

Latest info

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Safety, Weather & Tides

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of West Wittering - East Head

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

For more information visit rnli.org.uk

Wildlife Spotting

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

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

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".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of West Wittering - East Head

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Mike lander Rushmere creek end
on 23 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Andrew Farrar
on 17 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by June Burrows
on 13 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Sheridan Lott
on 1 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jessica Powell
on 30 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Andrew Sharp
on 28 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Caroline Oades
on 27 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Paul Brock
on 27 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Lynn Tasker
on 24 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Tan Castle-ward
on 20 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Joanne Bleach
on 15 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Grainne Andrews
on 10 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Grainne Andrews
on 2 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Toni Richards
on 2 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Geoffrey Way
on 22 May 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Simon Luscombe
on 21 May 2015

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