Low Tide Cruises
- Multiple sessions available from 22 Feb 2024 to 8 Mar 2024
- The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ, United Kingdom
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Winter in Poole Harbour is spectacular, as it becomes one of the most important areas in southern Britain over-wintering wetland birds, gathering in their thousands.
Averaging only a meter deep, Poole Harbour can be hard enough to navigate on a high tide, let alone a low tide! However, Birds of Poole Harbour are delighted to announce our series of low tide cruises for winter 2023/24, which will provide stunning views out across the harbour and its mudflats, bringing you closer to some of the harbour’s winter residents.
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 channels, open-water species such as Red-breasted Merganser, Goldeneye and Great Northern Diver are restricted open bodies of water, making them easier to find, as wildfowl such as Wigeon and Pintail leave the cover of the salt marsh to take advantage of the transient feeding opportunities. We’ll be cruising around the harbour and making our way up the Wareham Channel, logging as many of the harbour’s over-wintering wader and wildfowl species along the way.
Please note that there will be a slight increase in our cruise ticket prices for boats going ahead in 2024 onwards. As much of the Birds of Poole Harbour's work is funded by these events, this small price rise means that we are able to meet the increasing costs of delivering these events, as well as maintain the funds raised for the charity. Thank you for your understanding.
- The trip will leave promptly from Greenslade Pleasure Boats kiosk on Poole Quay.
- Nearest public car park is Quay Visitors multi-storey located at Old Orchard, Poole BH15 1SB.
- Although every effort will be made to sail, the final decision will remain with the ferry company.
- Toilet facilities are available onboard.
- We do not permit dogs onto the boat, with the exception of assistance and guide dogs.
- Accessibility: Greenslade Pleasure Boats aim to accommodate disabled access on the boat where possible. In regards to wheelchair access, please read Greenslade's full access statement »