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Poole Harbour News

POSTED: 09.12.2017

Birds of Poole Harbour began operating as a charity in 2013 with the aim of popularising and promoting bird conservation, preservation and observation in and around Poole Harbour.

POSTED: 03.11.2017

Autumn is a time for transition and change. When summer departs and we welcome chilly, dew heavy mornings and cloudy sky’s over cool coasts. Its also time for migration, migration, migration…..the time of year that gets a birders pulse racing harder and faster than ever.

POSTED: 11.10.2017

A new record number of 75 Eurasian Spoonbill have been counted in Poole Harbour during a survey carried out by a local environmental charity, making it the largest gathering of this species ever recorded in the UK.

POSTED: 14.08.2017

Eight Osprey chicks have taken their first flights in Poole Harbour after being raised and released at a confidential location within the area.

POSTED: 06.07.2017

Eight Osprey chicks have safely arrived in Poole Harbour as part of a five year translocation project, aimed at re-establishing this spectacular bird of prey to its former breeding grounds on the south coast.

POSTED: 20.06.2017

Osprey translocation proposal agreed for Poole Harbour

 

POSTED: 24.05.2017

Poole Harbours Black-headed and Mediterranean Gull colony is showing signs of recovery after it was discovered last year that egg thieves had targeted the islands.

POSTED: 09.05.2017

Both our spring and autumn tours are my favourite to lead as you quite simply have no idea what you’re going to ‘bump in to’. Throughout April millions of migrant birds are working their way up through Europe with peak numbers normally hitting the south coast around the end of April.

POSTED: 10.04.2017

This spring Poole Harbour’s important Black-headed and Mediterranean Gull colony will get extra protection with both day and night monitoring being carried out by the Marine Division of Dorset Police.

POSTED: 21.03.2017

On March 29th, the Prime Minister Theresa May will be triggering article 50 which will begin the process of our departure from the EU.

POSTED: 17.03.2017

Lytchett Bay has gone from strength to strength over the last 5 years, producing more high quality bird’s year on year whilst public engagement opportunities and infrastructure continues to improve.

POSTED: 17.02.2017

Three years in already and it seems our Dorset Discovery Tours are proving quite a hit.

POSTED: 23.01.2017

The Woodcock, there is no doubt is a mysterious bird. During the winter they hide away all day in large, damp, mature woodland relying wholly on their impeccable camouflage to keep them hidden and safe.

POSTED: 23.01.2017

Over the last few weeks, people have been getting all of a flutter due to the mesmerising Starling murmuration at Shell Bay, Studland.

POSTED: 10.10.2016

In 2016 ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’ commissioned Nick Hopper to carry out a full census of breeding gulls within our Poole Harbour boundary. The survey was carried out during the spring and summer of 2016 and the findings as well as the results took us all by surprise.

POSTED: 27.09.2016

The RSPB in Dorset announce that Autumnwatch 2016 will be broadcast live from their RSPB Arne nature reserve, from Monday 24 – Thursday 27 October, BBC Two.

POSTED: 13.07.2016

When we think of summer we think of long, lazy summer days, birds singing and over-weight Bumble Bees bouncing from flower head to flower head, a gentle breeze whipping through large oak leaves and an ice cold Pimms chilling the palm of your hands.

POSTED: 19.05.2016

Back in November last year we set a challenge to anyone willing to participate, to come up with and design our new official Birds of Poole Harbour logo.

POSTED: 17.05.2016

The eggs of a rare bird called a Mediterranean Gull have been illegally stolen in Poole Harbour for potential sale to top restaurants for consumption, despite the practice being highly illegal and with no knowledge as to whether the eggs are safe to eat.

POSTED: 05.05.2016

Spring, a time for change and regeneration, growing days and the arrival of birds…lots and lots of birds. Our Dorset Discovery Spring Tour, always planned for the end of the end of April in hope of cashing in on the maximum number of birds entering (and some leaving) the county.

POSTED: 25.01.2016

On Friday the 22nd of January an application was submitted by Natural England to extend the areas of Poole Harbours current SPA.

POSTED: 19.01.2016

Unbelievably, we’re already into our second year of our Dorset Discovery wildlife tours in partnership with the Dorset RSPB team. Our first winter, spring and autumn tours back in 2015 were hugely successful and the range of species seen, staggering!

POSTED: 24.11.2015

Here at Birds of Poole Harbour we feel it’s about time we had an official logo.

POSTED: 17.09.2015

Due to the huge success of our 2015-17 tour program we're thrilled to announce the continuation of this project.

POSTED: 14.09.2015

DORSET DISCOVERY AUTUMN TOUR

TRIP REPORT Sept 7th – 9th 2015

POSTED: 29.07.2015

Student Grant Concept

POSTED: 10.07.2015

We all like a good news story, but unfortunately they don’t always pan out the way we want them to. After making a successful breeding return to the harbour in 2013, Marsh Harriers have been going from strength to strength ever since.

POSTED: 05.05.2015

After the success of our first Dorset Discovery tour back in January this year, both organisations were really looking forward to the next one, focusing everything Dorset has to offer during the spring.

POSTED: 01.05.2015

The Little Owl; Our Vanishing Goddess

POSTED: 31.03.2015

It’s been a tough couple of days bird wise with spring migration coming to a complete halt, and many of our winter birds having left resulting in ZERO sightings being reported.

POSTED: 19.03.2015

 

POSTED: 19.02.2015

Wednesday 18th February saw the last RSPB Poole Harbour bird boat of the 2014/15 winter season take place, and what a trip it was. A challenge was made to try and beat the boat day record of 56 species set by Haymoor Junior School only the week previously.

POSTED: 16.02.2015

Over the last few years we’ve been building up our charity name and helping to promote Poole Harbour as a unique and special place to watch birds.

POSTED: 26.01.2015

I would like to promote a talk that is taking place on Monday 9th February 2015 at 19:30 in the Poole Museum.

POSTED: 15.01.2015

On January 12th 2015, our Birds of Poole Harbour charity and the Dorset RSPB team embarked upon the first of our new three day Dorset Discovery Tours, a joint venture between both organisations helping to promote local conservation and bird watching.

POSTED: 09.01.2015

There has recently been a collaboration of several organisations including Southern IFCA, Natural England, Borough of Poole, Poole Harbour Commissioners and the Angling Trust, looking at how best to protect some of the harbours most sensitive feeding sites for over-wintering waders and wildfowl.

POSTED: 21.10.2014

Dorset is a county of calm and tranquility, with its rare lowland heathland, rolling chalk downland, numerous bird rich harbours and of course the awe inspiring Jurassic Coast.

POSTED: 08.10.2014

A rare sighting of the largest flock of Spoonbills ever seen in Britain has been recorded on the Brownsea Island Lagoon in Dorset.

POSTED: 07.08.2014

Several years ago I met Mark Constantine for the first time at Arne RSPB reserve whilst he was out sound recording with his wife Mo. They had been out recording Dartford Warbler for his new Sound Approach title (un-named back then) Catching the Bug, and I was intrigued within seconds.

POSTED: 16.04.2014

On Saturday the 12th of April 2014 I was out for a leisurely walk around the Bestwall riverside walk near Wareham when I discovered something quite unexpected.  After spotting my first few Swallows of the summer, and the odd Sand Martin I suddenly noticed a couple of ‘white birds’ dist

POSTED: 22.01.2014

Back in December last year we reported that the funds raised from our monthly field trips had been spent on trying to boost the harbour population of Barn Owl.

POSTED: 23.12.2013

Over the last year many people have attended our wide range of ‘Birds of Poole harbour’ field trips and have been kind enough to donate money for each of the walks they’ve attended.

POSTED: 26.09.2013

Although it is still early for over-wintering birds, we saw a good variety of species when we took out over 60 pupils from Lytchett Matravers Primary School on the first of this season’s bird boats.

POSTED: 03.09.2013

On Monday 2nd of September 2013 Paul Morton of the ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’ education charity was on the phone to Nick Hopper, co-author of the Sound Approach title ‘Catching the Bug’ discussing the capabilities of the ‘BoPH’ webcam when on his computer monitor Paul noticed a small wad

POSTED: 24.07.2013

In the 1950s Poole Harbour hosted 60% of the entire UK population of breeding Marsh Harrier, but by 1963 there were none.

POSTED: 18.06.2013

Warning against using bird apps on nature reserves

POSTED: 28.05.2013

Tweet – a nature table for the 21st Century 

POSTED: 26.05.2013
POSTED: 20.04.2013

Saturday the 20th of April saw the third ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’ public walk where the chosen location was the Sunnyside/Soldiers Road area.

POSTED: 02.02.2013

Today was the ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’ launch walk, kindly supported by Arne RSPB nature reserve. A group of 20 keen and eager people booked on to what was hopefully going to be an unforgettable first excursion.

POSTED: 19.10.2012

As we know Poole Harbour is a great place for birds live and for children to explore, so why not try and combine the two?

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