* Please note that Carey Osprey Tours have now concluded for the 2023 season as the three young have fledged from the nest *
Birds of Poole Harbour and Careys Secret Garden are excited to be able to share the next chapter in the story of the recovery of Osprey to Dorset, after our local pair CJ7 and 022 raised young last year, becoming the first pair to breed in the South in nearly two centuries. Over the last year, we have been incredibly grateful for everyone’s cooperation in keeping the location of the nest under wraps, giving the pair the space to settle and have a successful first season. It has also given us the time to work with Careys Secret Garden, a beautiful walled garden nestled in the Piddle Valley, to provide guided viewing of the nest with the bird’s best interest in mind.
The Carey Osprey Tours will be running three times a day on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during most weeks through the season. The sessions include an in-depth guided tour up to a new 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. More dates will be added as the season progresses, with all released dates available on this page.
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.
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, 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. You can find more information about the partnership here and watch the Carey Osprey livestream webcam below: