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  • Ferrybridge and Portland Harbour

    Site Details: 
    Name of Location Ferrybridge and Portland Causeway
    Highlights Over-wintering birds, Migrating Birds
    • 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
    Top Species
    Access Points: 

    WARNING: I have not been able to test all of these co-ordinates, they are based on where I placed the markers so use with care!

    Name SatNav Coordinates
    Car park and visitor centre 50° 34' 41.5704" N, 2° 28' 10.8912" W

    Head towards Portland from Weymouth. After you cross the bridge at the start of the long, straight causeway you willsee the distinctive visitor centre building and a large car park on your right, There is a charge for parking here.

    Location Map: 

    The blue pin mark the approximate centre of the reserve, the yellow pin(s) mark the approximate locations of parking places that enable you to access the reserve.

    Potential Hazards: 

    Any walk in the countryside is going to have its potential hazards but the primary aim of this function is to forewarn less able people of difficulties they may face although some may apply to other people as well.

    Hazard Commentsort descending Description
    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.

    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. 

    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! 

    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.

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