NEW DATES ADDED
Multiple sessions available from 14 Sep 2022 to 30 Oct 2022
Greenslade's Kiosk, The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ, United KingdomView map
Autumn migration is one of the key highlights of the birding calendar, beginning in July and running right the way through to early November. This prolonged season never fails to inspire excitement and anticipation as a whole suite of different species push through the UK on passage, with many using Poole Harbour as a terminal and stop-off site between northern breeding grounds and milder wintering areas further south.
Getting to grips with autumn migrants can prove challenging as all number of species are popping up out of context coupled with a mass arrival of fresh juvenile plumages to learn. The first pulse sees the first arctic breeding waders reaching our shores, making way for impressive movements of wetland birds, birds of prey and passerines unseen at other times of the year, slowly welcoming the return our of familiar winter visitors as the season progresses. Situated on the South Coast, the vast intertidal mudflats of Poole Harbour provide vital refueling sites and draw in huge numbers to work through, but figuring out access and navigation on foot can bring its own challenges.
The 2.5-hour cruise embraces the safari experience, scouring the harbour for passage migrants from otherwise inaccessible areas such as the Wareham Channel and Frome Valley as well as offering premier views behind the Brownsea Lagoon seawall. From bird behaviour, plumage and vocalisations, we’ll guide you through the species we encounter all set to the stunning harbour landscape. The exact route will be determined on the day, taking into account the state of the tide and latest sightings, to maximise the birding potential of the cruise so no two trips will be the same!
- The trip will depart promptly from the orange-and-white Greenslade Pleasure Boats ferry kiosk on Poole Quay.
- Nearest public car park located at Quay Visitors Car Park, Old Orchard, Poole BH15 1SB.
- Although every effort will be made to run, the final decision will remain with the ferry company.
- Toilet facilities and light refreshments are available onboard.
- We do not permit dogs onto the boat, with the exception of assistance and guide dogs.
- Accessibility: Greenslade Pleasure Boats are pleased try and accommodate disabled access on the boat where possible. In regards to wheelchair access, please find Greenslade's full access statement here »
Wed 14 Sept - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
14 Sep 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Sun 18 Sept - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
18 Sep 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Wed 21 Sept - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
21 Sep 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Sun 25 Sept - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
25 Sep 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Wed 28 Sept - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
28 Sep 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Sun 02 Oct - Autumn Safari Cruise - 10AM to 12:30PM
2 Oct 202210:00 - 12:30Add to calendar
Please note slightly later start time!
Wed 05 Oct - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
5 Oct 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Wed 12 Oct - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
12 Oct 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Sun 16 Oct - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
16 Oct 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Wed 19 Oct - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
19 Oct 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Sun 23 Oct - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
23 Oct 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar
Sun 30 Oct - Autumn Safari Cruise - 9AM to 11:30AM
30 Oct 20229:00 - 11:30Add to calendar