Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

to RSPB Arne

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017 at 07:00


Aerial view of Arne RSPB reserveDavid Wootton (rspb-images.com)

Arne is the RSPB's flagship heathland reserve, consisting of open heathland, tidal estuary, marsh, sand dunes, mud flats, beach, an old oak woodland and farmland, all on a peninsular in Poole Harbour. The view above shows the Coombe Heath trail in the foreground. Beyond lies the information centre and then the Shipstal Point Trail, which goes as far as the distant bay.

Early migrant waders returning to the harbour include whimbrel, greenshank and spotted redshank. We can also expect to watch thousands of waders, ducks and geese in the harbour, including avocet, black-tailed godwit, dunlin and little egret.

Within the reserve we can expect finches, linnet, redpoll, siskin, reed bunting, green woodpecker and Sika deer.

Ben Hall (rspb-images.com)

Dartford Warbler on a bush With a bit of luck, we could also see some of these - Dartford warbler, spoonbill, hobby, brent goose, stonechat, marsh and hen harriers, merlin, and osprey.

David Kjaer (rspb-images.com)
Herd of Sika deer


Information hut
Shop - bird food, books
Cafe - hot/cold meals, snacks
Bird feeders
5 miles of trails
2 hides, 2 screens, viewpoint




For more details of RSPB Arne, click here


A map of the Arne RSPB reserve

Map base from OpenStreetMap.
Purple is heath, light brown is farmland. Brown blobs are hides. Sand, marsh, woodland and water should be obvious.

Coach trip details -
  • Full payment of £20.00 is required on booking. For under 16s the full cost is only £10.00. All money will be refunded if the trip is cancelled.
  • For bookings and any other details, email Helen Pearson , or call Helen on 01628 639648 and leave a voicemail, or see Helen at a meeting. Please book at least one week in advance, preferably much earlier.
  • The coach leaves promptly at 7.00 am from the lay-by in front of the entrance to Braywick Park (Braywick Sports Ground), Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1DX. There is a free car park inside the park. Please arrive in good time.
  • Consider bringing a packed lunch and any drinks or snacks that you may require.
  • This coach trip involves a journey time of about two and a half hours each way, including comfort stop.
  • The coach has room for large items such as telescopes, tripods, hampers and camera bags.