Harbour Update – posted 22/01/2015

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

The talk is titled ‘Viewing the Future’ and focuses on how interaction between people, wildlife and the natural world can be managed in such a way, creating a totally new experience for visitors to a nature reserve or to the public in an urban area. The presentation will be spit into two parts, the first being presented by the RSPBs senior wetland ecologist, Graham White who will talk about how to maximise nature reserve design for both people and wildlife. The second half will be hosted by Tormod Amundsen from Biotope, the worlds first (and only) Ornithological Architects. Biotope are a Norwegian based company that specialises in ‘thinking outside the box‘ when it comes to interpreting the natural world. Biotopes concepts and bird hide ideas have become widely talked about across the country over the last few years, prompting Tormod to host his second tour here in the UK (last one was in 2013) and sharing some of their ideas and visions. 

Our Birds of Poole Harbour charity have liaised with Biotope over the last 3 years looking at possible projects around the local area, for which their ideas and designs (I think) are perfectly suited for this location.

Why not join us to find out what the RSPB have been doing at other reserves around the country to bring people closer to nature.

There are only 50 places available and the talk is free of charge. To book your place just follow this link and enter your name and email address.

This promises to be a highly informative talk so don’t miss out and book on now!

Today at Ballard Down there was 16 Fulmar, 1 Peregrine, 7 Red-legged Partridge 35+ Skylark, 3 Stonechat and 24 Yellowhammer (superb count). Studland
saw 1 Firecrest in the churchyard and 28
Redwing. At South Beach
3 Slavonian Grebe, 8+ Black-necked Grebe and 7 Common Scoter were noted. Godlingston saw 
3 Snipe. Brands Bay hosted 4
Spoonbill and 59 Avocet. In Lytchett Bay this evening on the falling tide 2 Spoonbill were in the outflow and the bay was full of Avocet, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Oystercatcher whilst a Golden Plover on one of the fields was a welcome surprise.  Up on Slepe Heath this morning 2 Woodlark were in song….not quite full song but giving it a good go and several Dartford Warbler made the most of the morning sun. 


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