East Head

02/04/2014 - 20:06

 

 

East Head, a delightful sand & shingle spit on the eastern edge of The Solent in Sussex - with plenty of opportunities for landscape and nature photography.

 

 

 

 

 

It is one of the last surviving pieces of natural coastline in West Sussex, designated as an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and is also a Ramsar site (a wetland site of international importance) and is owned & managed by the National Trust.

 

 

 

 

The shingle & sand dune spit is approximately a kilometer in length by 400 metres wide towards the northern end. The spit is joined to the mainland by a thin isthmus or tombolo which is known as the 'hinge'. The isthmus has been breached by the sea on several occasions in the past.

 

 

 

 

On 30 hectares of salt marsh, which is very rare in the south of England, has been formed between East Head and the mainland. Sea lavender covers the marsh in a purple carpet during mid summer.

 

 

It supports a variety of wildlife including sand lizards, skylarks, marram grass, ringed plover, common seals, cinnabar moths, sea bindweed, common centaury, scarlet pimpernel, bird's foot trefoil, horned poppy, sea green, spiky sea holly, sea rocket, sea spinach and sea beet. It is also a good place to find bees too, with all those flowers around.

 

 

 

The northern most point is a particulalry pleasant spot for a picnic or just to sit and watch the yachts cruising around Chichester Harbour.

 

 

Hayling, Thorney & Pilsey Islands can be seen from here and the southern slopes of the South Downs National Park lie beyond to the north.

 

 

 

 

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