THE management of a nature reserve is set to change within days.
The 1,500-acre reserve at Pagham Harbour, near Bognor, has been managed by West Sussex County Council since 1964 and attracts more than 200,000 visitors every year.
But the running of the site is being transferred to the RSPB – with the deal being sealed by the end of the month.
Under the agreement, the county council will have an executive role and will guarantee an annual payment for the next 10 years to help support the reserve.
Lionel Barnard, council deputy leader, said: ‘By transferring the management of Pagham Harbour to the RSPB we are safeguarding the future of the reserve and giving the opportunity for enhancement.’
Chris Corrigan, from the RSPB, said: ‘Pagham Harbour is such a special place, for people and for wildlife, and we are glad to be able to help secure its future.’