Multiple sessions available from 21 Nov 2021 to 8 Dec 2021

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

Wareham ChannelGreat Northern Diver

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. Our tours will guide you around this nationally and internationally important habitat, which during the winter months can host up to 20,000 birds. From big congregations of waders on the Brownsea Lagoon to gatherings of open water species, your guide will talk you through how to identify the species we’re looking at, how to find birds elsewhere in the harbour, talk about their behaviour and history in the harbour, and all from the comfort of a large Brownsea Island Ferry. 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.

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour Cruise 

The remote and under-watched areas of the Wareham Channel provide excellent birding opportunities during the winter, especially for birds of prey, as Marsh and Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Merlin all take advantage of the abundance prey that Poole Harbour attracts during the winter. Our three and a half hour tour will see us creep up the River Frome, scouring flood plains and reedbeds for spectacular raptors and a whole range of winter visitors ranging from Wigeon, Teal, Lapwing, Shoveler and Pintail. After we’ve given this area a good look we’ll then tour a part of the harbour and finish by checking out the Brownsea Lagoon to see many of Poole Harbours over-wintering waders.

Accommodation partner - Quay Holidays

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Please note, these trips are weather dependent. Although every effort will be made to run, if the captain decides that the weather prevents us from running then the trip will be cancelled and a full refund will be available. 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 

  • The trip will leave promptly from the Greenslades Pleasure Boats kiosks on Poole Quay.
  • Nearest public car park is the 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 owner and skipper of the boat.
  • There are toilet facilities available on the boat
  • We do not permit dogs onto the boat, with the exception of assistance and guide dogs.
  • Accessibility: Greenslades are pleased try and accommodate disabled access on the boat where possible. In regards to wheelchair access, please find Greenslades' full access statement here.

Sun 21 Nov - Wareham Channel & Harbour Cruise - 9am to 12pm

21 Nov 20219:00 - 12:00Add to calendar

Ticket typePriceQuantity
Adult ticket£25.00
Child ticketUnder 16's£12.50

Sun 5 Dec - Wareham Channel & Harbour Cruise - 9am to 12pm

5 Dec 20219:00 - 12:00Add to calendar

Ticket typePriceQuantity
Adult ticket£25.00
Child ticketUnder 16's£12.50

Wed 8 Dec - Wareham Channel & Harbour Cruise - 9am to 12pm

8 Dec 20219:00 - 12:00Add to calendar

Ticket typePriceQuantity
Adult ticket£25.00
Child ticketUnder 16's£12.50