Selsey pioneers! Richard Porter (above left) and Tony Marr pictured in 1981. These two, as young birders, were involved in the early observations at the Bill from 1959 onwards. Both have gone on to make a name for themselves in ornithology....... !! Interesting to note how birding clothing and equipment has changed. Compare this with this recent image (below right) of the regulars on the wall; pictured left-to-right are Justin Atkinson, Chris Janman, Sam Hill and Paul Bowley (and ?) This is the normal base and watch point for sea-watching activities; however if the wind is from the east or southeast, then observations are normally switched to the 'south-east corner' (bottom left) - this offers a much better degree of protection when the wind is in this quarter.
Perhaps one of the most enduring sights at the Bill is that of Bill House, shown here at the end of a rainbow during a storm. The tower is in fact the original old Coastguard tower, but the building has long since been a Nursing home, as it still is today (though several proprietors have come and gone). In the 1990's we were permitted to use the tower for sea-watching operations by the then owners, but that has long since ceased. The gardens here are probably the single most important bit of habitat left on the Bill-tip.