Archive for May, 2022

Nature Heals Project: Applications Open for 16-25 Year Olds

Posted on: May 25th, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour
We have 30 places available on our workshop series, which consists of 3 different workshops on weekends in June and July. Each of our sessions has a unique focus, with a range of exciting activities from bird ringing to boat trip around Poole Harbour, designed to help better understand nature and how it impacts our mental and physical health. We’re therefore looking for applicants who would find our workshops beneficial to their mental health, and people who haven’t had the opportunity to experience nature on their doorstep before. The workshops are based either in Wareham at Careys Secret Garden or from Poole Quay. You can find out more about the workshops through our information poster . The dates are as follows:
  • Workshop 1: Saturday 4th June, 9am-1pm, based at Careys Secret Garden
  • Workshop 2: Saturday 18th June, 9am-1pm, based at Careys Secret Garden
  • Workshop 3: Sunday 3rd July, 9am-11:30am, harbour boat trip from Poole Quay

Attendance to the workshops is completely free of charge, with lunch provided on session 1 and 2, as well as free coach travel from Poole Quay to the site of our workshops at Careys Secret Garden in Wareham if it is required. All we ask is for you to complete a short application form to let us know a bit more about you, and ensure that you can get the most from the workshops. The deadline for applying is by midnight on Sunday 29th May. You can complete the application form here:

IMPORTANT: Please note, because of the limited number of spaces, applying doesn’t guarantee a space on the course. 

We’ll be in touch via email by the end of Monday 30th May to let you know whether you have received a place on our workshops and to send through further information. If you have any difficulties completing the form or have any questions, we’re happy to chat with you over the phone on weekdays from 9am-5pm and can be reached on 01202 641003 or through email on

Spring Big Poole Harbour Bird Count

Posted on: May 4th, 2022 by Birds of Poole Harbour

The Big Poole Harbour Bird Count is a quarterly, harbour-wide, citizen-birding project that encourages the community to get out and record the birdlife across the local area. With your help, we have surveyed every corner of the harbour during the winter and autumn seasons and generated valuable community science data. This all helps us build a better understanding of the ecology and trends of birds using Poole Harbour throughout the year. You can explore the results and data from our previous counts on our interactive webpage.

How to get involved:

It’s simple, go birding on Sunday 15th May and record what you see! This could be a nearby park, urban space, nature reserve, or even your own back garden (please ensure you have permission to be there first). If you’re not sure where to go, why not head to our Go Birding webpage to look for inspiration. Once you’re out and about, make a note of the species you identify and the total number of individuals of each species you count. Please also document the names of those taking part (this information will not be shared), the location where you were birdwatching and what times you were there.



To make submitting your records as easy as possible we’ve created a species recording sheet, available to download below. Once completed, please email to

Big Bird Count Recording Sheet – Spring 2022

Alternatively you can submit your sightings via eBird or BirdTrack. Please note, any sensitive records (e.g. rare breeding birds) will not appear in Bird Track or eBird checklists, so please share any sensitive records with us directly by email. The Big Bird Count data output will also restrict these “sensitive species” to protect the species from exploitation and still help inform research and conservation for the species.

When you head out we recommend taking some binoculars with you as this will help you identify the birds that you see. But don’t worry if not, or even if you only see a few birds: all sightings are valuable so please share them with us! May is a magical month as summer migrants arrive en masse to claim breeding territories, so there should be plenty to spot.

Want to hit the ground running? We’re running an Up With The Lark Cruise 7AM to 10AM on the morning of the Big Bird Count. Help us survey the harbour on the 3-hr cruise while learning bird songs and calls in the process!

Call 01202 641 003