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
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!  

Middlebere Farm

50.67628847984, -2.0458805150188
National Trust
4
These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

20
H6

Sand Dunes

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

15
E3

Fen and carr

14
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

14
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

11
A2

Scrub

10
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

10
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

23
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

20
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

17
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

17
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

16
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

13
CG07

Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland

13
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

12
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

12
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

11
Site Notables
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Site Diary
Project:
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23-09-18

There is no additional information about this visit

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30-05-19

There is no additional information about this visit

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03-07-19

There is no additional information about this visit

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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
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The number of species recorded per species group: