Posted 10th Aug 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), the National Trust and RSPB have teamed up to showcase Poole Harbour, its islands and the spectacular wildlife you can see there, with a series of bird boat trips to be hosted between September 2017 and February 2018
The first boat trip will set off on Sunday 3rd September, with a special Osprey Cruise which goes up the Wareham Channel and in between Shipstal Point, and Long and Round Island.
Poole Harbour is a regular stopover for ospreys heading south at this time of year. Following the introduction of additional osprey chicks to the area this year - done in the hope of encouraging breeding - there is a greater chance of looking for magnificent birds of prey and many other birds, from terns to migrating waders.
The Poole Harbour bird boat trips provide a rare opportunity to view one of the best winter bird spectacles in the UK. Over 20,000 birds will visit Poole harbour each year to feed and roost, including Britain's over-wintering population of spoonbills and the largest flock of avocet in the UK. There are also large numbers of birds of prey, which include marsh and hen harrier, peregrine falcon and merlin.
Some trips will alos include a landing on Brownsea Island, which is owned by the National Trust, where visitors will get to explore the island and viit the DWT nature reserve, which hides over-ooking the lagoon, for a closer look at the bird activity.
Nicky Hoar from DWT said: "This is a unique opportunity to experience the spectacular bird life of Poole Harbour at this time of year. It’s also a great chance to learn more about these fascinating birds with our expert guides, who will be on hand to answer questions."
Olivia Freeman from the National Trust, Brownsea Island said: "A visit to Brownsea Island is always special, and the opportunity to visit the island in winter is no exception. In particular visitors will have the chance to see avocets and spoonbills on the lagoon and enjoy the spectacular views across Poole Harbour."
George Hinton from RSPB said: "Being out on the water in Poole harbour is an amazing experience at any time of year, but during the colder months the bird spectacle here is second to none and the chance to visit Brownsea Island and have it all to ourselves is hard to resist!"
You can find out more by phoning 01202 707744.
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