Multiple sessions available from 20 Dec 2020 to 27 Feb 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. 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 

Only 30 places available 

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

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.

Sun 20th Dec 2020 - Wareham River and Harbour Cruise - 9.00am to 12.30pm

20 Dec 20209:00 - 12:30Add to calendar

Sat 30th Jan 2021 - Wareham River and Harbour Cruise - 9.00am to 12.30pm

30 Jan 20219:00 - 12:30Add to calendar

Sat 27th Feb 2021 - Wareham River and Harbour Cruise - 9.00am to 12.30pm

27 Feb 20219:00 - 12:30Add to calendar