Eastney shingle is a valuable habitat containing nationally rare species.

Eastney beach is the south-eastern end of Portsea Island between St. George’s Road and Henderson Road. It is just under 1.5 miles in length, and an area of 125,600 square metres (12.6 hectares).

There is ample pay and display parking along Southsea Esplanade.

Plant life

Eastney beach is differs from the adjoining 2.5 miles of beach to the west because of the significant amount of vegetation here.

To some people, the patches of plant life look unnatural for a beach that is predominantly shingle. However, it is a valuable habitat containing some nationally rare species. This part of the beach is designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

Among the typical species of plant normally found in coastal regions, there are many national rarities such as Nottingham Catchfly, Sea Holly, Sea Kale, Yellow Horned Poppy, Sea Bindweed and Sea Radish.

The beach and the adjoining Eastney Lake are also valuable roosting and feeding sites for bird life. Regular visitors are gulls, terns and waders such as Dunlin, Sanderling and Ringed Plover.

Interpretation boards

Three interpretation boards have been erected along the length of Eastney Beach to illustrate the significance of this flora and fauna. You can download below a full species list of Eastney beach flora and a copy of the interpretation board.