Places to see birds

Chesil Beach Visitor Centre, Ferrybridge

Chesil Beach Visitor Centre, Ferrybridge

Directions - Follow the A354 from Weymouth to Portland. The car park and centre is 300 metres on the right from the Ferrybridge.

Description - Surrounding the centre is the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve which is protected for both wildlife and geology. Both are rare habitats and have been selected as a Special Protected Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The Fleet is protected internationally as a RAMSAR site. Chesil Bank consists of a 17 mile bank of pebbles stretching from West Bay to Portland and protects the Fleet which is the largest regularly tidal lagoon in Britain covering a surface area of 4.9 sq km. The Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and The Illchester Estates, and manned by volunteers. The Reserve is managed by the Warden and volunteer staff.

Wildlife - Little Terns, Ringed Plovers, Waders, Shrubby Sea Blite, Thrift.

Facilities - Large parking area with area for disabled drivers. Access to the Centre is free and fully accessible for wheelchairs. Disabled toilet, cafe and telephone. Inside the Centre there is a touch table, an audio presentation, a touch screen information point, a telescope and displays about wildlife, geology and history. Access to the Chesil Bank, The Fleet and Portland Harbour is limited to the more able.

Comments - An excellent facility in all weathers. Views along the Fleet, the Chesil Bank and towards Portland. The Centre provides a wide range of informative presentations and guided walks are given during the year. The Centre can be booked and illustrated talks can be arranged. Individual volunteers are welcomed.

Contact - Chesil Beach Centre - 01305 760579.