Brownsea bird boats

Avocet

The National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have joined forces to offer the rare opportunity to view one of the best autumn and winter bird spectacles in the UK. Brownsea bird boats offer a guided tour of the harbour and include a two hour landing on Brownsea Island with an opportunity to explore the lagoon and its three hides.

Over 20,000 birds visit Poole Harbour each year to feed and roost, including Britain's largest over-wintering populations of spoonbills and the largest flock of avocets in the UK. A large range of birds of prey including marsh and hen harrier, peregrine falcon, and merlin can also be seen. 

 An experienced guide will lead you on your tour of the harbour and a wide range of experts will be on hand at the hides to answer a whole range of bird and wildlife related questions.

The lagoon has brackish water, a mix of fresh and saline water, providing an abundance of forage for many wading birds.  It becomes a refuge to birds from all around the harbour at high tide when the mudflats elsewhere are covered.

Little Egret
Little Egret
Little Egret

Out in the harbour we would expect to see red brested merganser, great northern diver and goldeneye with the chance of other grebes, divers and ducks making an appearance. On the island it’s not just the abundance of wading birds that are a draw.  The island has a healthy population of firecrest and red squirrels to track down in the woodlands. This trip is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of one of the best wildlife spectacles around.

Looking out towards Brownsea Island on a crisp winter's day
Peering over the side of the boat
Looking out towards Brownsea Island on a crisp winter's day