The Covid pandemic means many aren’t able to visit Swanage as normal but everyone can stay at home and see what’s going on via the webcams around Swanage and Purbeck.
People can observe life going on around Swanage and the surrounding area through various video feeds dotted across the area – covering everything from the bay to Dorset’s wildlife.
These are a few of the different views that can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of the living room.
One of the town’s best known attractions is Swanage Railway. Rail enthusiasts and casual viewers alike, can view the trains come and go through this webcam.
The station is home to many historic steam and diesel trains. While its service has been hampered by the pandemic, it has still managed to put on great displays in recent months, including its colourful steam and lights train service at Christmas.
There is also a webcam further along the line at Corfe Castle Railway Station.
Swanage Lifeboat Station
Swanage is home to two RNLI lifeboats – the all-weather Shannon lifeboat and an inshore lifeboat. They are both frequently deployed to save lives at sea in often perilous conditions.
There is a live feed out to sea from Swanage’s RNLI boathouse, where people can see the conditions of the waves in Swanage Bay. Viewers can also see across to the iconic Old Harry Rocks.
This local estate agents’ webcam offers another stellar view of Swanage Bay. Anyone looking for a classic view towards Ballard Down can view it from this webcam.
The feed refreshes every 60 seconds.
Webcams near Swanage
There are a number of webcams nearby that offer views of Poole Harbour and the local birdlife.
This webcam is the view from the Haven Hotel at Sandbanks and offers a view of the Sandbanks Ferry and Poole Harbour
The lagoon next to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour is a magnet for birds. Managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust, the lagoon provides an important breeding and feeding ground for a variety of species.
Birds that can seen at different times of the year via this webcam include curlews, sandpipers, oystercatchers and avocets.
Holton Lee feeding station
This is a view of the birdtable at Livability Holton Lee, a centre near Holten Heath that supports disabled and vulnerable people providing them with education and training.
The webcam was set up by Birds of Poole and this feeding station is frequently visited by woodpeckers, nuthatches, tits, goldfinches and starlings.