Harbour Update – posted 23/03/20

Hi everyone, firstly we’ve been asked to forward on two bits of info to the local birding community, which are to come into immediate effect as of tomorrow, March 24th 2020.

Firstly, all Poole Harbour National Trust bird hides will be closed to the public. These include the Middlebere hide, the Brands Bay hide and the Studland Little Sea hides.

Secondly, Livability Holton Lee will be closed to the public tomorrow for the foreseeable future, meaning that neither the public or members can visit the estate for walks or birding sadly.

These restrictions are obviously in line with recent government advise on helping to restrict the spread of the current Covid-19 virus.

Both organisations have said they’ll inform us as soon as the situation changes and are happy for normal service to resume.

Thanks all in advance for your cooperation – Purbeck NT Team and Livability Holton Lee.

Now, this obviously comes as sad news seeing as the weather is finally on the turn, but tonight’s announcement from Boris Johnson also stated that some individuals can still get out once a day for an exercise activity. With this in mind it sounds like a healthy walk can still be had once a day, as long as you take into account the other guidelines the government have put forward. So, just make sure you hang a pair of bino’s around your neck when out for your spot of exercise. We also understand that there will be individuals out there who won’t be able to get out over the following weeks and we promise we’ll do everything we can to make this spring as accessible as we can for you by providing sound recordings, videos and photos of birds from around the harbour during this very strange and difficult time.

From everyone here at BoPH we’re wishing everyone a safe and productive next few weeks, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon x

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