Multiple sessions available from 10 Nov 2021 to 2 Feb 2022
Sunnyside Farm Car Park, Ridge, Dorset, United KingdomView map
Sunnyside is a small wetland site owned and managed by Natural England. Over the last 10 years the site had become choked up with Juncus, and so back in 2017 Birds of Poole Harbour funded the essential habitat creation work to re-establish this small but valuable water body. The ‘Sunnyside Scrape’ has since hosted passage waders including Common, Green and Wood Sandpipers, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, as well as White Stork. The new scrape also attracts in passage passerines such as Wheatear, Whinchat and Yellow Wagtail, along with the odd bird of prey, namely Hobby, Merlin and Marsh Harrier. Then, in winter the site acts as an important feeding site for Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, Woodcock and Lapwing.
In partnership with Natural England and Stour Ringing Group, Birds of Poole Harbour are offering the opportunity to get an up close and personal experience to potentially see species such as Jack Snipe, Common Snipe and Woodcock in the hand. These hardy winter visitors are mostly nocturnal feeders so can often be impossible to see up close. However, with new and improved monitoring techniques, the number of these three species being ringed has increased, allowing us to deliver ringing demonstrations, talking through our work, the ringing process and provide information on the BTO ringing scheme.
- For the wellbeing of the birds, we do not allow any flash photography at these events.
- Meeting Place: Sunnyside Farm Car Park (click here to view on Google Maps). From Wareham, head towards RSPB Arne nature reserve via Nutcrack Lane. Drive through Ridge and enter car park located on the right as you exit the village (signposted Stoborough Heath).
- Accessibility: No walking involved! Suitable for wheelchairs. Please note, this is a stationary event and winter evenings can be very cold, please wear appropriate clothing for the event. Very warm layers and a flask recommended.
- Headtorch recommended.
- Toilets not available.
Wednesday 10 November - Sunnyside Ringing Demo - 7.30pm to 9.30pm
10 Nov 202119:30 - 21:30Add to calendar
Wednesday 1 December - Sunnyside Ringing Demo - 7.30pm to 9.30pm
1 Dec 202119:30 - 21:30Add to calendar
Wednesday 5 January - Sunnyside Ringing Demo - 7.30pm to 9.30pm
5 Jan 202219:30 - 21:30Add to calendar
Wednesday 2 February - Sunnyside Ringing Demo - 7.30pm to 9.30pm
2 Feb 202219:30 - 21:30Add to calendar