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Christchurch Harbour Dorset

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From Stanpit towards Hengistbury
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From Stanpit towards Hengistbury

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Site Details

Christchurch Harbour is a natural harbour formed by the confluence of the Rivers Avon and Stour. The harbour is bordered to the north by the town of Christchurch and the south by Hengistbury Head. Stanpit Marsh provides an effective buffer zone between the harbour and the encroaching urbanisation. Habitat within the harbour is tidal mud around Stanpit Marsh and a mixture of heathland and sheltered woodland on Hengistbury Head. The south-east tip of the headland also offers seawatching opportunities as bird enter the western Solent. Birding around the harbour can be difficult, but rewarding. While birds are certainly attracted they tend not to stay too long due to a mixture of obvious onward flyways and human disturbance.

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Tide times in the harbour are listed as a sequence of low, high, high. Although there is a slight ebb between the two highs, it cannot be guaranteed to expose any mud. The best wader viewing is between 1 and 3 hours before the first high water.

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