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!