Poole Harbour Bird Boats


New Winter Bird Boat Dates Now Available 

Trip Dates

Poole Harbour Cruise – Sunday 3rd December 10:00am – 1:00pm

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour Cruise – Sunday 17th December 10:00 – 1:30pm FULLY BOOKED

Poole Harbour Cruise – Sunday 21st January 10:00am – 1:00pm

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour Cruise – Sunday 4th February 10:00 – 1:30pm FULLY BOOKED

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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. 

Poole Harbour Cruise – Ticket price £15 per ticket – Boarding limit 70 people

The trips will leave Poole Quay at 10am where we will then head towards Brownsea, cruising along the seawall, looking into the fabulous lagoon in the hope of seeing Spoonbills, Avocets, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits along with a whole host of other species and who knows, perhaps a dramatic Merlin or Peregrine chase too! We’ll then make our way to the quiet, secluded southern shores of Poole Harbour where open water species such as Goldeneye, Great Northern Diver and Red-breasted Mergansers can be found, before we then make our way towards Arne and quietly sneaking up the mouth of Wytch Lake. Past bird boats have produced Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Great White Egret and Black Guillemot so who knows what we’ll see. Our team will also be keeping a full tour log of species seen during the course of the trip.

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour Cruise – Ticket price £16 per ticket – Boarding limit 40 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.

Useful Information

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

The trip will leave promptly from the Yellow Brownsea Island Ferries kiosk 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.


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.


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