Timeline of the history of Pagham Harbour
- Pagham Harbour reclaimed from the sea under the Pagham Harbour Reclamation Act.
- The tidal mill at Sidlesham Quay ceased to operate.
- The Selsey Tram (with its route along the harbour’s eastern edge) ceased to run.
- The Pagham Harbour Preservation Committee, linked to the Bognor Regis Natural Science Society (founded in 1938), pursued designation for Pagham Harbour as a bird reserve (acting on the letters of Michael Alford a soldier writing from war in the middle east, urging people to protect the harbour from development and misuse).
- Storm inundated the reclaimed harbour flooding farmland and houses.
1939-44 (World War 2)
- Typhoon crashed in the Harbour.
- Salthouse at Pagham used as Home Guard Command Post.
- RAF used Pagham Harbour as a firing range.
- Proposal to use Pagham Harbour a base for seaplanes.
- Pagham Harbour designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
- July - Pagham Harbour designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR), under the ‘National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act’.
- Sussex Wildlife Trust held a winter tenancy of Pagham Lagoon.
- A Great Snipe recorded, the first rarity after being awarded LNR status.
- First byelaws enacted.
- Little Egret recorded on Ferry Pool (19th June)
- Peter Scott visits Pagham harbour as part of National Nature Week.
- Ian Kraunsoe appointed as Summer warden in April.
- Ian Kraunsoe appointed as first full-time warden in January.
- Inaugural meeting and formation of The Friends of Pagham Harbour. Sir Geoffrey Thistleton-Smith elected as the first chairman.
- Greater Sand Plover recorded on the reserve, a first for the UK and seen by over 2000 people.
- Visitor Centre opened 26th March attracting 10629 visitors that year.
- Bob Lord appointed as Warden
- Miss R Dixon replaced Colin Field as secretary of The Friends
- Committee: Mr Gilbert (Selsey); Mrs Wright (Sidelsham); Mr J Field (Pagham); Miss Dixon (Bognor); Mr Barnes (Hunston, Mundham and Runcton).
- Zoe Fowler now rosta secretary for The Friends
- Ferry Hide constructed by Youth Opportunities Scheme trainees, materials donated by Sussex Ornithological Society.
- A Trumpeter Finch is recorded, then only the second sighting in the UK.
- Remains of Typhoon raised from harbour by USAF Jolly Green Giant helicopter in February.
- Peter Burns appointed as Warden
- FoPH subscription raised from 50p to £1.
308 members FoPH, with 30 stewarding the Visitor Centre.
- FoPH committee Mr Herbert (Pagham); Mr Aylwin (Hunston, Mundham and Runcton); Mrs S Gilbert (Selsey); Mrs D Spiby (Sidlesham); Mrs Alice Bell (Bognor). Vice-Admiral Sir Geoffrey Thistleton-Smith, instrumental in the formation of the reserve and the FoPH, passed away.
- 177 members of FoPH
- Salthouse summer visitor centre opened in May attracting 5,500 visitors from 18 countries.
- FoPH membership 545, an increase of 237 over last year.
FoPH first social event at VC organised by Alice Bell.
- Mrs Hitchin elected chairman FoPH in January. Zoe Fowler elected secretary and treasurer.
- FoPH committee members: Mr J Aylwin (Hunston, Mundham and Runcton); Mrs S Gilbert (Selsey); Mrs Alice Bell (Bognor); Dr Don Annis (Sidlesham); Mr Edwin King (Pagham)
- Ramsar Site (wetland of international importance) and Special Protection Area (SPA) designations.
- Sussex Wildlife Trust buys Ferry Field and Pool, opened by Bill Oddie.
- Hide built at Church Norton by the Key Training Group (materials donated by SOS).
- Sora Rail recorded on Pagham Lagoon in October.
- Visitor Centre extended during April and May.
- Scenes for James Bond film ‘View to a Kill’ were filmed over Pagham Harbour; in the film they were shown to be San Francisco Bay.
- FoPH becomes a registered charity.
Frances Goodwin replaces Mary Hitchin as chairman of FoPH
- First records of Muntjac deer.
- Wild Things (Junior Club) launched in November.
- Open Day organised by FoPH celebrates 25 years of the LNR.
- FoPH membership exceeds 600
- Stephen Knapp appointed manager of the Reserve
- Pagham Wildfowlers repaired, replaced and replanted a section of the Tamarisk Bank.
- Hide on Pagham Spit erected, sponsored by Kay Optical.
- Francis Goodwin resigns as chair FoPH and marries previous warden Peter Burns on 31 July. Vice chairman Jim Weston becomes acting chairman.
- Halsey’s Farm and Mill Pond Marsh purchased by the West Sussex CC.
- Pagham Wildfowlers raised the height of Tern Island with 2000 tons shingle.
- National Rivers Authority replaced metal wall at harbour entrance.
- Membership of the Friends of Pagham Harbour exceeds 700.
- Church Norton car park purchased by WSCC.
- FoPH subscriptions increased to £3.
- Bequest of £25000 granted to FoPH from the estate of Felix Lieven-Bauwens
- Jim Weston steps down as acting chairman of FoPH. Joan Norton elected as chairperson.
- A Lesser Sand Plover was seen, only the second sighting in the UK.
- Classroom at Visitor Centre craned into position.
- First issue of new look Harbour Views newsletter published.
- New classroom installed
- Rob Carver appointed manager
- Steps and boardwalk installed at Church Norton.
- Mink trapping begins.
- Environment Agency sealed off the harbour entrance with an inflatable boom (September exercise).
- First web site of the FoPH
- Invertebrate and lichen surveys part funded by FoPH.
- A Collared Flycatcher was sighted at Pagham Harbour, a first for Sussex.
- New raised boardwalk across Pagham Lagoon
- Peter Patton becomes chairman of FoPH, succeeding Lawrence Holloway.
- Flood relief sluices installed on Pagham wall.
- Biological recording contracts part funded by FoPH.
- Little Terns return to breed on the shingle after a decade away.
- Large recycled plastic boardwalks constructed on Pagham Spit.
- Gina Carrington becomes chair FoPH, David Carrington secretary and Peter Gadd membership secretary.
- Harbour Flyer newsletter replaces Harbour View.
- FoPH membership totals have 149 single, 150 joint, 22 family members and (life) 49 single, 29 joint (hon life) 8 single, 2 joint. (Total - 632 )
- Discovery Area opened at Summer Solstice
- An Oriental Pratincole spotted on the Reserve, only the fourth recorded in the UK.
- Birds of Pagham Harbour (edited Owen Mitchell) published by The Friends.
- Printing and postage costs rise to £1000/year
- Peter Gadd becomes chairman of FoPH.
- FoPH donates over £7000 to Reserve projects including wheelchair path in Discovery area.
- Transfer of management from WSCC to RSPB (February)
- Peter Driscoll (Chair of Friends)
- Shingle bank at Medmerry breached.
Visitor Centre Refurbishment with new toilets, roof and pathways.
Ferry Hide & Discovery Zone activity shelter opened, along with enlathed dipping pond and new footpaths.
- 40th anniversary of The Friends of Pagham Harbour.
£30,000 Donation towards cost of new hide overlooking Ferry Pool. - ----Publication of 'Birdwatchers Guide' Launch of 'Buy A Plank' to help fund new activity shelter in the Discovery Area