Brands Bay

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


Brands Bay

Site Details: 
Name of Location Brands Bay
Highlights Over-wintering birds
  • Some parking nearby
  • No visitor facilities
  • Viewing hides and shelters
OS Map Reference SZ030857
Aspect Detail
Area Isle of Purbeck
Manager National Trust
Geology Poole Basin
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
Open Water Much of the area is covered by sea water at high tide

Open lakes or reservoirs are often found on nature reserves and are, of course, a habitat that some species thrive on. Whilst not a real danger open ater can be ab attraction for youngsters and for dogs. Always keep dogs on a lead (as they should always be on a reserve anyway) and keep children under close supervision. 

Tides The tide comes in quite quickly here

Although we all know that the tide goes out and the tide comes in it is amazing how many people become cut off by rapidly incoming tides. When venturing out into tidal areas ALWAYS check the tide times before you start.

Rough Ground There are few good footpaths here and the shore line can be quite rough walking

Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

Mud This area can be very muddy, especially in winter.

If you encounter mud on a reserve without the right footwear then you can have problems. Mud can occur anywhere, of course, after heavy rain but some reserves on clay or heavy soils can be muddy for much of the time. Activities such as mountain biking and horse riding can also churn up paths and make them almost impassable. 

More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

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