Multiple sessions available from 27 Jan 2021 to 10 Feb 2021

The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ, United KingdomView map

Winter birds on the low tideBlack-tailed Godwit flock

Poole Harbour in winter is spectacular, inspirational and without doubt, one of the most important areas in southern Britain for thousands of over-wintering waders and waterfowl. Following the success of our boat tours last year we have now published our 2021 boat schedule which aims to bring you closer to some of the harbour’s well-known and not so well known winter residents.

Averaging only a meter deep, Poole Harbour can be difficult to navigate on a high tide, let alone a low tide. However, Birds of Poole Harbour are pleased to offer the return of our low tide cruises, which will provide stunning views out across the harbour and its nutrient rich mud. Vital to waders, the many estuaries and creeks provide feeding areas for species such as Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Grey Plover and Oystercatcher. With the water drained out of the harbour species such as Red-breasted Merganser, Goldeneye and Great Northern Diver are forced to restricted open bodies of water, making them easier to find as wildfowl such as Wigeon and Pintail leave the cover of the saltmarsh to take advantage of the restricted feeding opportunities. We’ll be cruising around the harbour before making our way up the Wareham Channel with the rising tide hoping to log as many of the harbour’s over-wintering wader and wildfowl species as we can and with the Wareham Channel being a raptor hotspot we’ll be keeping an eye out for a harrier or two as well.

Accommodation partner - Quay Holidays. Quote BoPH when booking to receive a 5% discount off the Quay Holidays standard tariff. Quay Holidays are kindly also donating a further 5% to Birds of Poole Harbour.


Our boat trips are organised and planned in accordance to current government guidelines at the time of each trip, therefore are subject to change or cancellation should that advise change. If a trip is cancelled guests will be entitled to a full refund or can transfer their booking to a different future trip. We ask guests to adhere to relevant social distancing guidelines whilst on board and to respect other guests space and welfare. We're currently only offering a restricted number of tickets based on government guidelines, but should the restrictions ease and capacity for each trip increase, we’ll allocate more tickets if we know it’s safe and responsible to do so.

Additional Information 

30 places available per cruise

Masks are not mandatory on the top deck of the boat, but are required for downstairs use.

The trip will leave promptly from the Greenslades Ferry kiosks on Poole Quay at the times detailed above.

Nearest public car park is the Quay Visitors multi-storey located at Old Orchard, Poole BH15 1SB.

Hot and cold drinks and a limited range of snacks are available on board.

All boats have toilet facilities on board, a heated, covered lower deck and an open top deck.

Although every effort will be made to sail, the final decision will remain with the owners and skipper of the boat.


Wed 27th Jan 2021 - Low Tide Cruise - 2.00pm to 4.30pm

27 Jan 202114:00 - 16:30Add to calendar

Wed 10th Feb 2021 - Low Tide Cruise - 2.00pm to 5.00pm

10 Feb 202114:00 - 17:00Add to calendar