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


Middlebere Farm: its 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 susppect 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 Name Middlebere Farm
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Diversity High (150-200 species)
Map Reference SY968865
Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
C6: Mudflats & Tidal Water


C7: Saltmarsh


C9: Reedbed


S1: Hedgerow Scrub


Site Diary
Diary Date Notes

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 of other species
  • Two pyramidal orchids along the path were new and a little unexpected

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