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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

Annual classification:

2015 Not tested

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

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

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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

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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?

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.

Annual classification

2015 Not tested

What’s does this mean?

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.

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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Tidal
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shelving

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

Beach Cleans

We need you!

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 All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept 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.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of West Wittering - East Head

Beachwatch graphic - our success

Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

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 sightedJellyfish seen here by Wez Smith
on 27 Nov 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Tony Cullen
on 24 Nov 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Charlene Dunnings
on 30 Oct 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Gerard Donnelly
on 29 Oct 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Grainne Andrews
on 23 Oct 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Grainne Andrews
on 19 Oct 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rev. darcy Chesterfield-terry
on 21 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Layla Churcher
on 16 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Linda Hadfield
on 13 Aug 2015

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