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Chichester Harbour is one of the few remaining undeveloped coastal areas in Southern England and remains relatively wild. Its wide expanses and intricate creeks are at the same time a major wildlife haven and among some of Britain's most popular boating waters.Set up by Act of Parliament in 1971, Chichester Harbour Conservancy has the duty to conserve, maintain and improve the harbour and amenity area for recreation, natural conservation and natural beauty

Chichester Harbour

Diving off Selsey The coast of England has some truly spectacular diving and the Sussex coastline has relatively more modern wrecks than the rest of Britain’s coastline due to the activities of German U-Boats in both World Wars and the fact that the Channel is narrow and one of the busiest shipping lanes. In addition there are a number of reefs with holes, crevices,canyons, boulders and cliffs. The reefs and wrecks attract prolific marine life including bib, pouting, wrasse, bass, blennies, lobsters, conger eels, crabs, shellfish, cuttlefish, pipefish, seahorses, rays and skate in addition to the profusion of soft corals and sponges including jewel and snake-locks anemones and dead men’s fingers. Close to Selsey are over 100 diveable wrecks the three most popular are: Selsey Lifeboat Station Selsey has an active fishing fleet which moors in the area of the Lifeboat Station. The scraps thrown overboard assist in attracting the abundance of marine life which can be found in the area. There are a number of interesting objects around the current Lifeboat Station including remains of the old Lifeboat Station, a landing craft and a small reef. The area is teaming marine life. Strong currents mean that it is best to dive at slack water (4 hours before and 3 hours after high water).Far Mulberry The remains of a Mulberry Harbour, after more than 70 years under the water this is a wonderful reef.

A wonderful gentle drift dive only 1 mile from the Lifeboat Station. Descend to the sea bed at 6ms then drop over the cliff to the bottom at 25ms. The fast currents in this area mean that there is little weed growth however there are numerous boulders of various sizes each with a lobster or crab fighting for space in addition to cuttlefish, cat sharks and wrasse. These are just some of our favourite sites; Shore diving from East Beach Landing Craft - Just West of the lifeboat walkway, although well broken up the site stills remains home to a variety of marine life including small congers. The Old Boathouse - Just East of the lifeboat walkway. 2M Drop off - Just south west of the Lifeboat house, a breeding ground for lobster and always covered in fish. Note: Surface Marker Buoys should always be used in this area and always avoid swimming past the end of the slip. Best time to dive is 3 hours after high water. 1 mile out Mixon Hole - A wall that runs East - West, 6M below the surface and extending down to 25M to a shingle sea bed, best area to dive from 6M to 12M, where a variety of marine life can be found. Strong tide flow in this area so best time to dive is 3.5 to 4 hours after high water (Neaps). 5 miles out Briggita (otherwise known as the Teapot) - sunk 1917 and laying in 16M of water, a very popular dive site and easy to find, her bow is upright and stern upside down, plenty of easy wreck penetration and always covered in marine life. Patch Landing Craft - a second world war casualty, lying upside down in 18M of water, broken into 3 sections. Best time to dive is 4.5 hours after high water
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