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

 

Site Name Middlebere Farm
Protection
  • National Trust
Interest
4
Map Reference SY968865
County Dorset
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Middlebere Farm

Middlebere Farm: it's a secret -

There will be not one of Dorset's many birding enthusiasts who do not know about the hide at Middlebere Farm but beyond that I suspect it is something of a secret place. It is certainly off of the beaten track, has no signs to it and unless you know where it is you would never know it was there! Amongst us locals though, Middlebere Farm is considered a top spot. Looking out from the hide you get superb views of the mudflats and reed beds at the top of Middlebere Lake where thousands of waders, ducks and geese gather at low tide to feed. It is also the place to see wintering hen and marsh harriers as well as ospreys on migration, especially in September. Avocet, brent geese, teal, wigeon and black-tailed godwit numbers here in mid-winter can all reach a thousand and spoonbills are often seen.

There are few places you can happily sit for a couple of hours and watch the world change before your eyes. Although called Middlebere 'Lake' it is not an enclosed area of water but is an open, salt water inlet in Poole Harbour. Being shallow the mud uncovers quickly as the tide goes out and remains uncovered for some time so is prime feeding habitat for wintering birds. As the tide rushes in (you can almost see it) birds further down the channel are further pushed up and are right outside the hide.

Middlebere is, I repeat, a top spot but remember, it's a secret so keep it to yourself!  

Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
C6: Mudflats & Tidal Water

Significant

C7: Saltmarsh

Significant

C9: Reedbed

Significant

S1: Hedgerow Scrub

Partial

Site Diary
Diary Date Notes
08-07-20

We needed a flat easy walk today so decided on the path down to the Middlebere hide:

  • Surprised to find the hide open but we were the only ones there anyway!
  • Apart from the gulls there seemed to very few birds or other species
  • Two pyramidal orchids along the path were new and a little unexpected
03-07-19

There is no additional information about this visit

30-05-19

There is no additional information about this visit

23-09-18

There is no additional information about this visit

Site Records
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Species Scientific Name Notes Record Date Report Date Interest
Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria

Occasional

08-07-20
0
Ash Fraxinus excelsior Several
0
Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta Present
0
Bank fir moss Polytrichum commune Present
0
Barn Owl Tyto alba Present
0
Beaked Hawks-beard Crepis vesicaria

Occasional

08-07-20
0
Bedeguar Gall Diplolepsis rosae
0
Bedeguar Gall Diplolepsis rosae Several
0
Bell Heather Erica cinerea

Occasional

08-07-20
0
Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus

Occasional

08-07-20
0
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus

Plentiful

08-07-20
0
Black Horehound Ballota nigra

Occasional

08-07-20
0
Black Medick Medicago lupulina

scarce

08-07-20
0
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa

Numerous

0
Blackbird Turdus merula

Present

08-07-20
0
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

Present

08-07-20
0
Blackthorn Prunus spinosa Frequent
0
Bladder Campion Silene vulgaris

Scarce

03-07-19
0
Bleeding Bonnet Mycena sanguinolenta Present
0
Blue Tit Parus caeruleus
0
Bracken Pteridium aquilinum

Common

08-07-20
0
Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg.

Very common

08-07-20
0
Brent Goose Branta bernicla Numerous
0
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni Present
0
Broad-leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius

Occasional

08-07-20
0
Brown Mottlegill Panaeolina foenisecci Present
0
Buff-tailed Bumble-bee Bombus terrestris

Numerous

08-07-20
0
Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus Present
0
Bush Vetch Vicia sepium

Occasional

08-07-20
0
Butter Cap Collybia butyracea Present
0
Buzzard Buteo buteo Present
0
Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Numerous

30-05-19
0
Carrion Crow Corvus corone

Present

03-07-19
0
Cats-ear Hypochaeris radicata

Common

08-07-20
0
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

Present

0
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

Present

03-07-19
0
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
0
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

Present

03-07-19
0
Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae

Caterpillars

08-07-20
0
Cleavers Galium aparine

Common

08-07-20
0
Clouded Agaric Clitocybe nebularis Present
0
Coal Tit Parus ater
0
Cocks-foot Dactylis glomerata

Frequent

30-05-19
0
Comma Polygonia c-album

Present

08-07-20
0
Common Bent Agrostis capillaris Present
0
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus

Several

30-05-19
0
Common Centaury Centaurium erythraea

Occasional

03-07-19
0
Common Chickweed Stellaria media Present
0
Common Comfrey Symphytum officinale

Local

03-07-19
0
Common Cord-grass Spartina anglica Very common
0