Midhurst Footpath Companions
Walking in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

Morning Walk


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 Dell Quay,  parking near the Crown and Anchor PO20 7EE

Five hundred years earlier it was the 7th most important port in the Kingdom. Small coastal barges and local boats carried wool and grain to London and foreign ports, and brought back coal, timber and cargoes of anything needed for the City of Chichester. In the early 1800s there were over a hundred ships registered here. (conservancy.co.ok)


Mud uncovered between the tides is the richest source of food. Waders, such as Curlew, Godwits, Redshank and Dunlin, probe with their long beaks in the mud for small marine animals like worms, small shellfish and crabs. The plover family of waders pick their food from the mud surface and Turnstones find theirs under seaweed and pebbles. Shelduck sift the surface of the mud for tiny snails. Other birds feed on plants growing on the mud; Brent geese and Wigeon eat green algae and Eel grass ; Coot and Mute Swans are also vegetarians. Others are fish-eaters; they may dive from a height (Terns) or from the water surface (Grebes, Cormorants and sea ducks like Red-breasted Merganser and Goldeneye) or stand and fish in the shallows (Heron). (conservancy.co.uk)




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