Poole Harbour Bird Boats


Poole Harbour Bird Boats showcase Poole Harbour, the islands and the spectacular wildlife that can be found there.

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. 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. Large numbers of birds of prey including marsh and hen harrier, peregrine falcon, and merlin can also be seen. 

 An experienced Ranger will guide you on your tour of the harbour with some boats offering a landing on Brownsea Island with a walk around the lagoon.

The lagoon has brackish water, a mix of fresh and saline water, providing an abundance of forage for many wading birds.  Avocets and black tailed godwits are attracted to the warmth of the lagoon on the eastern side of the island and out of the prevailing wind. 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

In Spring, common and sandwich terns flock to the lagoon to breed and may be seen heading off to warmer lands in the autumn.  Other birds to be found on Brownsea and in Poole Harbour include oystercatchers, mallards, little egrets, gulls, firecrest, black tailed godwits, wigeons, redshank, greenshank and stonechats amongst many others.  The harbour really is a great place to come and see birdlife and what better way than on one of Poole Harbour bird boats.  Booking is essential as boats get booked up very quickly, call the National Trust office on Brownsea Island on 01202707744 to secure your place now.

All boats depart from Poole Quay with Brownsea Island Ferries
Fri 16 February 2018,   09.00-11.30

£17 adult, £7.50 child (including members)