Birds of Poole Harbour Engagement Visitor Centre

In spring 2018, Birds of Poole Harbour opened its new visitor engagement headquarters on Poole Quay. The Visitor Centre is a focal point for the charity’s work around the harbour as well as an information rich environment for visitors to explore and learn about the harbour and its birds.

The charity was founded in 2013 with three key objectives in place, to educate and promote bird conservation, preservation and observation in and around the Poole Harbour area.

The harbour itself benefits from national and international protection and to date has hosted 330 different species of bird. With its unique and diverse habitat mosaic, the Poole Harbour basin offers an exceptional array of birding opportunities right the way through the year.

However, knowing where and when to go, what to look out for and how to get there aren’t always easy questions to answer, for both locals and visitors to the area. Our Centre offers visitors the opportunity to get an in-depth insight into how to ‘bird’ the harbour and showcases our various outreach and conservation projects. The Visitor Centre also has a small retail section offering binoculars, spotting scopes, books and postcards. All Birds of Poole Harbour events can also be booked in the HQ as well as online. A full list of our exciting events programme can be found here.

The Centre helps to interpret the harbour’s rich and varied bird life, as well as offering a range of interactive experiences that showcase the harbour’s ecological importance.

A large, interactive touch screen map allows visitors to visualise and plan routes around the harbour, several listening stations offer the chance to become immersed in the calls of local birds and several screens stream exclusive content and local mini documentaries. It even features its own indoor bird hide!

From day one, Birds of Poole Harbour have worked tirelessly to interpret the harbour’s birds by setting up a range of people engagement initiatives that benefit both the environment and the people who wish to enjoy it. In 2017, Birds of Poole Harbour began their flagship project, an Osprey translocation project which aims to restore the Osprey as a breeding bird in Poole Harbour after a 200-year absence due to persecution. As well as this, the charity also engages with around 1400 local school children every year though their successful school bird boat project, whilst also investing in habitat improvement and creation work providing new and different places for people to try and connect with wildlife.

With its prime location on Poole Quay front, the charity’s Visitor Centre hopes to showcase our work and engage with a whole new audience of visitors and tourists to the area, as well as enthusing with locals who also have a keen interest in local environmental and bird related topics.


Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Typical opening hours below.

Summer Opening Times (March to October) 

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10am to 4pm
Wednesday – 10am to 4pm
Thrusday – 10am to 4pm
Friday – 10am to 4pm
Saturday – 10am to 4pm
Sunday – 10am to 4pm

Winter Opening Times (November to February)

Monday to Friday – Closed
Saturday – 10am to 4pm
Sunday – 10am to 4pm

Further Information

Birds of Poole Harbour Visitor Centre
Enefco House
19 The Quay
Poole Quay
BH15 1HJ

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Call 01202 641 003