Multiple sessions available from 25 Apr 2020 to 26 Apr 2020

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

Poole Harbour DawnWhimbrel

To compliment our hugely popular winter bird boat trips, we thought we’d offer a slightly warmer option and begin our Spring tour for you to relax and enjoy. It’s not just the birds we’ll be focusing on, but also the wonderfully rich and scenic setting of the Wareham Channel and Frome Valley which at dawn lights up and plays host to numerous bird species as they prepare for the breeding season ahead. With both April and May being strong months for migration who knows what we’ll see, but as we meander our way up the channel and into the river valley we’ll be listening out for spring songsters such as Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler, as well as looking out for returning migrants over Swineham Gravel Pits such as Swallows, House Martins and Swifts. Returning Osprey, Hobby and Cuckoo should be passing through as the first Common and Sandwich Terns begin to fish in the harbour. The Lower Frome Valley and Wareham Channel are not easily accessible, so why not join us on our new dawn discovery tour to gain views of floodplains and reedbeds not viewable from the mainland.

In 2013 Marsh Harrier began breeding in the harbour again after a 50 year absence and have now gone from strength to strength as they fought hard to re-establish themselves as a regular breeder in Poole Harbour west. We’ll also be cruising past the harbour’s largest gull colony where both Black-headed Gull and Mediterranean Gull noisily jostle for space on the aptly named ‘Gull Islands’.

Here at Birds of Poole Harbour we pride ourselves on monitoring the harbour’s bird life right the way through the year, gathering important and exciting information that we can then pass onto the public through our people engagement projects.

Spring is a time for new life, new birds and now new bird boats so spring in to action and get booked on NOW! With only 50 spaces available per trip book your places early to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation partner - Quay Holidays

Additional Information 

Only 50 places available

The trip will leave promptly from the Greenslades Pleasure Boats 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 owner and skipper of the boat.

Sat 25th April 2020 - 8.00am to 11:30am

25 Apr 20208:00 - 11:30Add to calendar

Ticket typePriceQuantity
Adult Ticket£20.00
Child TicketUnder 18s£10.00

Sun 26th April 2020 - 8.00am to 11:30am

26 Apr 20208:00 - 11:30Add to calendar

Ticket typePriceQuantity
Adult Ticket£20.00
Child TicketUnder 18s£10.00