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Poole Harbour

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This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

SSSI Name Poole Harbour
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Description

Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world, a very high proportion of its area comprising intertidal marshes and mudflats. These, together with the permanent channels, support large numbers of wintering wildfowl and waders, for which Poole Harbour has national and international significance. Fringing habitats of heathland, grassland and the islands provide additional interests, in turn supporting further scarce and restricted flora and fauna. Several rare marine invertebrates also occur within the harbour.

Interest Biological
Status Now Featured on NoD
My Notes Poole Harbour is internationally important for birds and for wildlife as a whole so no wonder it is an SSSI.

The information about this Site of Special Scientific Interest has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Natural England Distribution Map Species List Records List Some Photographs Guidance Notes

These sites featured on the Nature of Dorset fall within this SSSI. Click the site name to find out more about it. Alternatively, click the map logo above and see their location on a map and then view the site details from there:

Sites featured on the Nature of Dorset within this SSSI designation (Click to view details) Headline
Middlebere Farm

Provides the best vantage point to overlook the upper reaches of Middlebere Lake where numerous waders, ducks and geese feed on the mud flats exposed at low tide


 

Bestwall Marsh and Swineham

Saline water meadow, saltmarsh, extensive reed-bed, tidal river, large lake resulting from long finished gravel extraction and more! 


 

Lychett Bay and Turlin Moor Local Nature Reserve

A newly acquired DWT reserve at the top end of Poole Harbour. The tide was in the day I went which cut down my species list no end! 


 

Upton Country Park

A popular spot to take the children or dog for a run but provides access to the saltmarsh, a place for wintering wildfowl and waders 


 

Brownsea Island

An island in Poole Harbour cut off from 'civilisation' and is a delight to visit with its speciality, the red squirrel, one of the highlights.


 

Brands Bay

The area just inside Poole harbour entrance, to the south, known for wildfowl and wader watching in winter


 

Holes Bay

An important part of Poole Harbour and, in winter, supports large populations of wintering wildlfowl and waders.