The Manhood Peninsula is a low-lying, triangular coastal plain, directly south of Chichester. The chalky South Downs rise to the north, and Selsey Bill extends the southernmost point into the English Channel. There are some very special natural areas on the Peninsula, and our aim is to ensure they are cherished by local communities and enriched for wildlife.
The Peninsula adjoins three important coastal nature reserves, with Chichester Harbour to the west, Pagham Harbour to the east and Medmerry to the South. They are all connected to each other by ditches, rifes, salt marshes, mud flats, and vegetated shingle, creating an inter-connected network of waterways and a patchwork of valuable habitat.
Search the map to discover the wild places on the Peninsula:
Wildlife and habitats on the Peninsula
Roe and the occasional fallow deer are the largest wild animals you are likely to see locally, with water voles being one of the smallest and noteworthy. The diverse environment of the Peninsula supports a wide range of species.
Read about the most notable species and habitats you may spot on the Peninsula.
How you can help wildlife at home
From rural gardens and school grounds to hanging baskets and window boxes, we can all do something for wildlife!
Leave the weeds! Let a patch or all of your lawn grow wild and don’t clear out the weeds! Wild flowering plants such as dandelion, knapweed, white-dead nettle, thistle and clover are brilliant nectar-sources for pollinating insects, their seeds are eaten by birds, and many caterpillars rely on them. The peacock butterfly caterpillars, for example, live on on stinging nettles! An increase of insects will attract bats too, so look out for them flitting over your garden on summer evenings. Avoid using weedkiller as this contains strong chemicals that can devastate local insect populations.
Let lawn grow!
Create a log pile. Decaying wood is brilliant for insects, such as beetle larvae, woodlice and earwigs. Small animals like wood mice, toads and hedgehogs may move in if you’re lucky too!
Dig out a pond. Ponds are a lifeline for many creatures, and you will be amazed at how quickly insects, amphibians and plants will take up home as soon as you put a pond in! This page has lots of information on how to start a pond and what to grow around the edges.
Feed the birds. Offer a range of high-energy food including sunflower seeds, fat or suet balls, mealworms, and peanuts (in a mesh feeder). Remember to keep all bird feeders clean to prevent bacteria build-up. Scatter soaked sultanas and raisins around for ground-feeding birds such as blackbirds and thrushes. You could also grow garden trees and plants that fruit, berries, hips, seeds and nuts. Try holly, hawthorn, cherry, blackthorn, ivy, rowan, crab apple, honeysuckle and dogwood.
Feed the birds
Control cats. Cute, cuddly, and a dangerous predator. Cats are not a natural part of the food chain and can kill or injure slow worms, wild mice, voles and frogs. As a responsible cat owner, you should limit its hunting instincts by keeping bird feeders out of its reach and keeping it indoors as much as possible during spring when birds are nesting, and vulnerable babies are fledging.