Bird Watching

Portland is a major migration point for birds and making it very popular among bird watchers who visit Portland to study some of the most outstanding flying species on earth.

Portland’s coast has for years been a haven for nesting sea birds, including some protected species.  Herring Gulls, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars and Kittiwakes to the Peregrine Falcons are all a natural part of the island wildlife.

For bird watching, the East or West-cliff routes are most favoured for observing and monitoring the migration of birds, some of which are nationally or globally protected. Spring and Autumn months are the best time to visit Portland for bird watching with April and May being the peak months for migration.  Recently ornithologists flocked to The Aqua hoping to get sight of an Arctic Tern in Portland Harbour.

The Portland Bird Observatory

The Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre operates out of the second (old) lighthouse on the bill. The observatory is open March to November and run an excellent blog listing all the latest sightings.

A copy of the ‘Portland Birds’ brochure can be obtained from the Portland Bird Observatory or from the Tourist Information Centre at the Portland Heights Hotel.

The Aqua can arrange a local bird watching guide, who can take you to the best places where you have the best chance of observing your favourite species. Please email us for more details.

Information on RSPB Reserves, within a short drive of The Aqua can be found at Weymouth and Portland Borough council, Birdwatching site.

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