Arne Nature Reserve live webcams

Here, you can view livestreams from around Arne. From the changing tides and birds of the wetlands of Middlebere, to the feeder cam and a family of nesting barn owls, there are fantastic views of nature throughout day and night.

Live webcam

Watch a non-stop live stream from RSPB Arne nature reserve.

What am I looking at?

You’re looking across Middlebere Channel, an inlet of Poole Harbour, viewed from the Arne Webcam near Coombe Heath, Arne Nature Reserve, near Wareham in Purbeck, Dorset.

If it's quiet right now come back on a rising or falling low tide, the closest tide times are for Cleavel Point. Check the BBC Tide Tables.

Autumn and winter

An internationally-important number of wading birds and ducks and geese migrate or overwinter in Poole Harbour. Look out for large numbers of avocets, black-tailed godwits, curlews and redshanks as well as teal, wigeon and shelducks. Small groups of spoonbills feed on small fish and invertebrates, and oystercatchers probe the mud for shellfish. A flash of blue might reveal a kingfisher. 

The best times to watch are two hours before and after high tide. 

Spring and summer

These mudflats, inlets, saltmarsh and open tidal water are an important fuel stop for passage migrant wading birds who arrive in mixed flocks. Some redshanks stay in the harbour all summer to breed on the saltmarshes. Flocks may rise, flushed out by birds of prey such as peregrine falcons, buzzards and marsh harriers. There may even be sightings of the ospreys that visit the Harbour from April to September, catching fish in the channel at high tide. 

With thanks to Wildlife Windows for providing and installing this webcam.

Factfile

• The Arne peninsular extends into Poole Harbour. This is an internationally important place for the numbers of wetland birds. There are a wide range of species of waders, waterfowl, herons - like the grey heron and little egret, and waterbirds like the spoonbill that can be seen on an annual basis in Poole harbour and might be seen at Middlebere channel.

• Poole Harbour hosts over 25,000 waterbirds each winter. Its rich mudflats and shallow waters provide an all-you-can-eat buffet of invertebrates and fish to keep the birds fuelled over the tough winter months. Other birds move though the harbour in the spring and autumn, providing an important staging post on migration.

• The varied bills of wading bird species mean they can forage alongside each other as they seek different creatures in the water, or at different depths in the mud.

• Many birds can be seen at Middlebere as they follow the receding, or get ahead of the rising, tide.

• As well as its wintering and passage waterbirds, Poole Harbour is also nationally- and internationally-important for breeding colonies of common terns, Sandwich terns and Mediterranean gulls.

Arne Bird Feeder Cam

Hop over to rspb.org.uk/robinrobin to see some more feedercam action at Arne as part of the festive fun that's happening in association with Aardman's animated tale Robin Robin that's showing now on Netflix.

LIVE feeder camera 24/7 - Catch all the live action at our feeder camera at RSPB Arne nature reserve in Dorset. Located next to Poole harbour in Dorset, Arne is famous for its stunning scenery and lowland heathland but it’s also amazing for woodland birds that love the bird feeders. Our feeders attract a wide range of species but expect regular appearances from blue, great and coal tit plus regular influxes from goldfinch and greenfinch. Stay tuned a little longer and you may be lucky enough to see a nuthatch or even a great spotted woodpecker come into feast on the sunflower hearts. Some of the species already spotted include: • Blue tit • Robin • Great tit • Coal tit • Goldfinch • Greenfinch • Chaffinch • Dunnock • Nuthatch • Great spotted woodpecker • Blackbird • House sparrow • Woodpigeon • Siskin

A barn owl perched on a fence post, looking into the camera

Barn owl factfile

Look out for our live barn owls in the spring when we hope they’ll be back.

  • Barn owls often mate with the same partner the next season.
  • The female, who is larger, with darker spots, will brood the eggs and newly hatched chicks, while the male provides food.
  • Once the chicks are a few weeks old, both parents hunt for food. The adults shred the prey and feed the young chicks– it can be a bit gruesome! You might see piled up prey as adults often stock-up to meet their voracious demand!
  • As the chicks grow, they eat whole prey. These barn owls are completely wild, so we do not intervene, as nature unfolds, good or bad, for the chicks.
  • Nestboxes, and the habitat management at Arne are vital for these distinctive birds of prey. Changes to habitats and loss of nesting sites across the UK led to significant declines over recent decades, but numbers are now more stable.
  • The birds, their nests, eggs and young are fully protected by law. Thanks to funding for this camera and livestream from the National Lottery Heritage Fund you can safely tune into the secret life of a family of barn owls!
  • Barn owls are super adapted to hunting small mammals, like field voles, wood mice and common shrews. They have amazing vision in low light, excellent hearing and the famous silent winged flight due to special wing feathers.
  • The best time to see the adults bringing in food is dusk and they will continue hunting overnight
  • Rainy nights are less successful as their feathers are not waterproof and the sound of rain disguises the movement of their prey.

 

All of our cameras were installed by Wildlife Windows Ltd

Heritage Lottery Fund

We are grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant that enabled us to install our Arne Webcams. Working together to give nature a home.

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