Dorset’s Brownsea Island nature reserve has been picked for a new U.K. guide to spectacular bird watching sites. The exceptional views of internationally important numbers of birds using the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve on the National Trust owned island feature in the online guide Great places to see thousands of birds.
Watch up to 2,500 black tailed godwits as well as spoonbills, curlew, grey plover and oystercatcher from the reserve’s bird hides
Coastline and wetlands in autumn and winter are some of the best places to visit to see one of the UK's most awe-inspiring sights - thousands of flocking birds - and for wading birds, autumn begins in August after the breeding season, with numbers already starting to build up on Brownsea’s lagoon. Later in the year, up to 10,000 birds find sanctuary on the lagoon, where wardens can control the water levels using a wind-powered pump, allowing the birds to feed and rest when the tide covers the rest of Poole Harbour. Brownsea Island holds the record for the largest single avocet flock in the U.K. (1,331) and during the autumn you could watch up to 2,500 black tailed godwits as well as spoonbills, curlew, grey plover and oystercatcher from the reserve’s bird hides.
The sight of thousands of birds on the lagoon is a conservation success and a spectacle of which I never tire; this recognition in the new guide is fully deserved
Chris Thain, Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve Manager on Brownsea Island, said: “When we achieved control of the water levels in 1994, the lagoon was instantly to the liking of the birds and numbers of avocets and black-tailed godwits hit internationally important thresholds. The sight of thousands of birds on the lagoon is a conservation success and a spectacle of which I never tire; this recognition in the new guide is fully deserved.”
Great places to see thousands of birds, published by The Wildlife Trusts, is available free at www.wildlifetrusts.org/megaflocks. Brownsea Island nature reserve is open daily until 4th November. Members of Dorset Wildlife Trust can also visit on certain dates in the winter. For more information about Brownsea Island nature reserve or joining Dorset Wildlife Trust, click here or ring 01305 264620.
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For more information please contact Chris Thain at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01202 709445.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Macdonald Hide is one of four bird hides offering views of the lagoon - Jane Adams
Black tailed godwits on the lagoon - Monique Vanstone
Avocets over the lagoon on the Dorset Wildlife Trust Brownsea Island nature reserve - Monique Vanstone