School Bird Boats

“The best school trip EVER” – Lytchett Matravers Primary School

The school bird boats are run by the Birds of Poole Harbour charity and have been running since 2002. They were originally funded by a Lottery grant, but when that was stopped Birds of Poole Harbour stepped in to allow the project to continue. With no cost to parents, schools or pupils these trips have become hugely popular with local schools in the Poole and Purbeck area. 

The sole aim is to get children out and about exploring this amazing habitat right on their doorstep whilst in a safe and controlled environment. Local wildlife experts and RSPB volunteers will guide the boats telling students all about the birds they're seeing and the importance of a varied range of habitats. With pre and post learning activities and binoculars on hand for every pupil then they'll truly be able to make the most of what Poole Harbour has to offer. 

If your school is involved in or is planning a project that could be tied in with one of these trips then they want to hear from you.

  • Put on for Years 3-6
  • Boats run from September - February (excluding holidays)
  • Maximum number of children - 70
  • Minimum number of children - 45
  • Included in trip - 2 Hour boat trip / Transport from your school to Poole Quay and Back to your school  

For more information please call 01202 641003

Tim Tatham - Talbot Combined School "Thanks to you and your charity for providing such a wonderful opportunity which the vast majority of our children simply would not have" 

Lisa McGregor - Longfleet Combined School - "what a wonderful trip around Poole Harbour we all had last friday. I was so pleased to share the morning with you all. Its amazing to see how much wonderful wildlife we have on our door step !!! What a blessing Poole  is ! And what a great opportunity for the children to experience 1st hand ! "

Varsha Roche – Parley First School - Thank you so much for such an informative and exciting boat trip! We are extremely lucky to have been given the chance to take part in such a fantastic event and see so many amazing birds! The whole day was superbly organised and your very knowledgable staff helped to pass on  a passion for birds to a new generation!" 


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