Carey Osprey Tours

*Please note, due to the fledging of the Osprey chicks, our Carey Osprey Tours conclude on Saturday 20th July, and all dates have now sold out.*

Last year, Birds of Poole Harbour and Careys Secret Garden came together to deliver the Carey Osprey Tours for the first time, offering a unique guided viewing experience of the local Osprey pair, CJ7 and 022, at their secluded nest site in the Piddle Valley. We're delighted to be able to be running these tours again this year from mid-April - July on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

Careys Secret Garden shares our appreciation for just how special it is to be able to provide viewing access to the only Osprey nest in the south of the UK, and the responsibility that comes with that. The viewing of the nest at Carey is therefore being very carefully managed to avoid any risk of disturbance to the birds, with a limited number of tickets available for each session, so please make sure to book onto one of the tours in advance if you would like to visit. 

More dates will be added as the season progresses, with all released weeks with dates available on this page. If you wish to be notified when more tickets are released, you can subscribe to our newsletter here.

About the Tours:

The sessions include an in-depth guided tour up to our Osprey nest viewing platform, with the opportunity to learn more about the Poole Harbour Osprey Project from your guide, as well as access to the stunning walled garden and its facilities for the duration of the day. The viewing platform is situated 350m away from the nest to ensure the birds are not disturbed, so we will have plenty of binoculars and telescopes on hand if you haven't got your own. 

Please also be aware that the tour involves a 1km round walk on uneven ground with a moderate incline, so we advise wearing sturdy shoes. We are currently working to improve disabled access for our Osprey tours, but due to the incline and ground condition unfortunately the route to the Osprey platform is not suitable for wheelchair access. Careys Secret Garden also offer wheelchair accessible garden visits, which can be booked through their website.

You can find more information about the partnership here and watch the Carey Osprey livestream webcam below:

Carey Osprey Tours: 17th-20th July

  • Multiple sessions available on 20 Jul 2024 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

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