Ferrybridge and Portland Harbour


An area noted for wintering sea birds and water fowl but also a key site for many maritime flowers and associated insects.


 

Ferrybridge and Portland Harbour: for ducking and diving!

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Site Details: 
Name of Location Ferrybridge and Portland Harbour
Highlights Over-wintering birds, Migrating Birds
Facilities
  • Ample parking on site
  • Charge for parking
  • Manned visitor centre
  • Cafe on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Picnic area
  • No defined paths
OS Map Reference SY666762
Aspect Detail
Area Western Dorset
Geology The Fleet
Manager Dorset Wildlife Trust
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort ascending Description
Tides Watch the tides on the Fleet side, the mudfllats cover quite quickly

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.

Loose Footings Walking on the stones of Chesil Beach is very difficult!

Some reserves, often coastal ones, can have loose footings on shingle, sand, even rocks. Not only can this be hazzardous they can be very tiring to walk across and one can sometimes find one has walked too far! 

Open Water Open water each side of the causeway but this should not really be an issue

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. 

Rough Ground On the Fleet side there are no defined footpaths

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.

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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