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By kind invitation of the Dorset Wildlife Trust and, permission of the National Trust, SCG members are invited to visit Brownsea Island during the closed season for a private guided tour of the Nature Reserve and the opportunity to watch the birds in the lagoon and roost at dusk.

Please bring binoculars if you have them, to observe the many winter migrant birds feeding in the lagoon. There will also be the opportunity to see red squirrels and Sika deer before the Gulls return to roost as dusk draws in; returning on the ferry leaving at 5.40pm.

The trip will depart from Sandbanks National Trust Pier on the new John Lewis Partners launch, Castello at 3.30pm on Saturday 5th February and is limited by the capacity of the boat to 25 members. Warm clothing is strongly advised as it can be drafty in the bird hides.

A suggested donation of £20 per person, is payable in cash at the boat dock towards the cost of running the ferry (£7.00) and the maintenance of the reserve by DWT. Please don't forget to bring cash on the day.

Places will be offered through an email invitation on a first come first served basis and we will keep a waiting list for a second visit if there is demand.

Prior to the visit DWT have offered us a zoom meeting at 7pm on Tuesday February 1st so that you now what to expect.

The ferry trip is strictly for SCG members and subject to any applicable Government restrictions on public transport applying at the time (may need to wear a facemask on the boat).

A second visit is being planned for the spring when the Terns are nesting.

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