Map of the Selsey Peninsula recording area (edged pink). Note that the boundary area extends to the A27 by-pass, which loops around but does not include Chichester itself. The area to the top right, highlighted green, is the Chichester Gravel pits; although this has at times been the subject of much debate, and some dissent, traditionally all these gravel pits have been included for the sake of completeness and this situation is the one currently adopted... this seems the sensible option as the eastern boundary of the patch is somewhat arbitrary in any case. In practice, only three groups of pits are now visited by birders - the Ivy Lake complex, the newer Drayton pits and the Westhampnett windsurf pit - as some of the more obscure pits are either inaccessible or disused (OM).
So what's changed on the Peninsula List? There are apparently very few changes that currently affect us, but two that do are Hudsonian Whimbrel and Lesser Redpoll.
There was a real surprise in 2015 when a Hudsonian Whimbrel appeared at Church Norton, drawing crowds of observers from far and wide, at the time being deemed a new and valid full species, having been recently split from European Whimbrel. This 'lumping' of the two forms as a single species again is a bit of a shock to listers and time will tell whether this is reviewed and they are split again. As our newest species to be added to the Peninsula List it didn't last long!
The other 'loss' to the List is Lesser Redpoll, which is no longer treated as a separate species but is now treated as a form of Common Redpoll (formerly Mealy Redpoll). Given the minefield that is Redpoll taxa and identification this does make sense, but unfortunately results in a drop in our species list total!
The Peninsula includes Selsey, Pagham and Medmerry, plus a small part of Chichester Harbour and the whole of the Chichester Gravel pits. It is clear that the southern half of the Peninsula accounts for the lion's share of the records (even allowing for the obvious coastal observer bias). Only seven species have appeared on the Peninsula that have NOT been recorded in the Selsey and Pagham area and these are as follows:- Ring-necked Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Rough-legged Buzzard, Ring-billed Gull and Dusky Warbler, plus a historical record of Pallas's Sandgrouse from 1889.The full Peninsula checklist appears on a separate page - just click the link on the home page title bar.
For the record, my own Peninsula list now stands at 300. I've been birding here for a good many years now and don't know how this compares with other regular observers, but if anyone wants to submit their totals/list I'd be happy to add them.
Selsey area (Bill-tip and all of Selsey): This area (see map below) is what I consider as the all-Selsey recording area for the purpose of my lists. Note that it excludes Medmerry and much of West Sands caravan site to the west, but extends northwards to just include Northcommon Farm and what was the old Selsey sewage farm. It also excludes any part of Pagham Harbour LNR. Research is ongoing but the total currently appears to be 264 species (BOU)... and again for the record my own total stands at 228.