The boat leaves Poole Quay at 10.30 am, returning at 1.00 pm. RSPB New Forest Local Group members should make sure they arrive by 10.10 am at the latest to allow time to sort out tickets and board the boat. Please meet by the Baden-Powell statue on Poole Quay. Suggested parking is in Poole Quay Visitors multi-storey in Strand Street/Castle Street, BH15 1HH, which costs £3.50 for 4 hours parking (Map ref: SZ011903; co-ordinates: 50.712981N, 1.9857372W). If you have not yet paid, please send cheque payable to RSPB New Forest Local Group to Tani or Tony.
If you are a member of Hampshire and IoW Wildlife Trust take your membership card to allow free access to the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve on Brownsea Island.
This is what RSPB says about the trip, which is now sold out:
Poole Harbour Bird Boats showcase the 2nd largest harbour in the world; Poole harbour, its Islands and the wildlife that depends on it. These boats are a unique opportunity to see one of the best winter bird spectacles in the UK and gain exclusive access to the famous Brownsea Island. Poole Harbour Bird Boats is a partnership between Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust and RSPB.
Our Harbour Cruise boat trips take in some of the quieter corners of the harbour hopefully getting us close to the wildlife that spend the winter here. The harbour boasts the largest flock of avocet and spoonbill in the UK, large numbers of birds of prey including marsh and hen harrier, peregrine falcon and merlin as well as most of the UK’s diver and grebe species. It’s a fantastic trip!