Donate

Poole Harbour Bird Boats

New Winter Bird Boat Dates Now Available 

Trip Dates

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour Cruise – Sunday 23rd December, 9am - 12:30am

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour Cruise – Sunday 27th January 2019, 9am - 12:30pm

Poole Harbour Low Tide Cruise - Saturday 16th February 2019, 1pm - 4.30pm

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour Cruise – Friday 22nd February 2019, 9am - 12:30am

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour Cruise – Sunday 24th February 2019, 9am - 12:30am

To book on and for secure payment click on button below   

Poole Harbour in winter is spectacular, inspirational and without doubt, one of the most important areas in southern Britain for thousands of over-wintering waders and waterfowl. Following the success of our new PUBLIC BIRD BOAT TOURS last year we have decided to offer 4 trips this winter to bring you closer to some of the harbour’s well-known and not so well known winter residents.

Our four tours will guide you around this nationally and internationally important habitat, which during the winter months can host up to 20,000 birds. From big congregations of waders on the Brownsea Lagoon to gatherings of open water species, your guide will talk you through how to identify the species we’re looking at, how to find birds elsewhere in the harbour, talk about their behaviour and history in the harbour, and all from the comfort of a large Brownsea Island Ferry. Here at Birds of Poole Harbour we pride ourselves on monitoring the harbour’s bird life right the way through the year, gathering important and exciting information that we can then pass onto the public through our people engagement projects. 

 

Up with the lark Wareham Channel Cruise– Ticket price £16 per ticket – Boarding limit 50 people

To compliment our hugely popular winter bird boat trips, we thought we’d offer a slightly warmer option and create a NEW Spring tour for you to relax and enjoy. It’s not just the birds we’ll be focusing on, but also the wonderfully rich and scenic setting of the Wareham Channel and Frome Valley which at dawn lights up and plays host to numerous bird species as they prepare for the breeding season ahead. With both April and May being strong months for migration who knows what we’ll see, but as we meander our way up the channel and into the river valley we’ll be listening out for spring songsters such as Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler, as well as looking out for returning migrants over Swineham Gravel Pits such as Swallows, House Martins and Swifts. Returning Hobby and Cuckoo should be passing through as the first Common and Sandwich Terns begin to fish in the harbour. The Lower Frome Valley and Wareham Channel are not easily accessible, so why not join us on our new dawn discovery tour to gain views of floodplains and reedbeds not viewable from the mainland.

In 2013 Marsh Harrier began breeding in the harbour again after a 50 year absence and have now gone from strength to strength as they fought hard to re-establish themselves as a regular breeder in Poole Harbour west. We’ll also be cruising past the harbour’s largest gull colony where both Black-headed Gull and Mediterranean Gull noisily jostle for space on the aptly named ‘Gull Islands’.

Here at Birds of Poole Harbour we pride ourselves on monitoring the harbour’s bird life right the way through the year, gathering important and exciting information that we can then pass onto the public through our people engagement projects.

Spring is a time for new life, new birds and now new bird boats so spring in to action and get booked on NOW! With only 50 spaces available per trip book your places early to avoid disappointment.

 

Osprey Cruise - Birds of Poole Harbour - £20 per person - Boarding limit 50 people

In the summer of 2017, Birds of Poole Harbour began a five-year Osprey translocation project with the aim of re-establishing this once common bird to its former breeding grounds here on the south coast. 2018 sees the second year of this exciting project get underway and with the huge success of last years Osprey boat tours we’re offering eight trips this summer for you to see and learn first hand from the project leaders about these incredible birds.

Osprey’s migrate through Poole Harbour every spring and autumn with the largest gatherings occurring around mid to late August. With up to five or six present for over a month our dawn boat trip will see us guided through one of their favourite hunting areas the Wareham Channel. You’ll be guided by one of the project leaders who will talk you through the project, the birds and the hopes and aspirations of the project.

So if you love Ospreys and you love the summer then join us by hopping on board!

 

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour Cruise – Ticket price £16 per ticket – Boarding limit 50 people

The remote and under-watched areas of the Wareham Channel provide excellent birding opportunities during the winter, especially for birds of prey, as Marsh and Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Merlin all take advantage of the abundance prey that Poole Harbour attracts during the winter. This new three and a half hour tour will see us creep up the River Frome, scouring flood plains and reedbeds for spectacular raptors and a whole range of winter visitors ranging from Wigeon, Teal, Lapwing, Shoveler and Pintail. After we’ve given this area a good look we’ll then tour a part of the harbour and finish by checking out the Brownsea Lagoon to see many of Poole Harbours over-wintering waders.

 

Poole Harbour Low Tide Cruise – Ticket price £16 per ticket – Boarding limit 50 people

Poole Harbour in winter is spectacular, inspirational and without doubt, one of the most important areas in southern Britain for thousands of over-wintering waders and waterfowl. Following the success of our new PUBLIC BIRD BOAT TOURS last year we have decided to offer a number of trips this winter to bring you closer to some of the harbour’s well-known and not so well known winter residents.

Averaging only a meter deep, Poole Harbour can be a minefield to navigate on a high tide, let alone a low tide. However, Birds of Poole Harbour are pleased to announce a NEW 2019 bird boat experience, which will provide stunning low tide views out across the harbour and its nutrient rich mud. Vital to waders, the many estuaries and creeks provide feeding areas for species such as Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Grey Plover and Oystercatcher. With the water drained out of the harbour species such as Red-breasted Merganser, Goldeneye and Great Northern Diver are forced to restricted open bodies of water, making them easier to find as wildfowl such as Wigeon and Pintail leave the cover of the saltmarsh to take advantage of the restricted feeding opportunities. We’ll be cruising around the harbour before making our way up the Wareham Channel with the rising tide hoping to log as many of the harbour’s over-wintering wader and wildfowl species as we can and with the Wareham Channel being a raptor hotspot we’ll be keeping an eye out for a harrier or two as well.

 

Useful Information

On sail day, we’ll have a guest list of attendees, so just print out your confirmation email and have your surname at the ready, and show for reference when boarding

The trip will leave promptly from the Brownsea Island Ferries kiosks on Poole Quay at the times detailed above.

Nearest public car park is the Quay Visitors multi-storey located at Old Orchard, Poole BH15 1SB.

 

 

 

Family Bird Boats

Book now and explore the rich diversity of wildlife around Poole Harbour. All trips  leave from the yellow kiosk on Poole Quay.

TELL ME MORE

School Bird Boats

Schoolchildren across Poole, Bournemouth and Purbeck are being given the chance to discover the unique, world-renowned bird and wildlife of Poole Harbour in free school boat trips.

TELL ME MORE

Web Design by Beetleweb