Swanage Pier

Underwater Camera

A hot spot for marine wildlife, watch amazing wildlife without getting wet

Visitors to Swanage Pier can enjoy watching the wildlife beneath the waves without putting a toe in the water, thanks to a new underwater camera situated beneath the end of the Pier.

A display screen in the Pier shop  allows visitors to view the happenings beneath the Pier and enjoy watching the blennies, Pollack, stripped  bib, pipefish (a relative of the seahorse), bass, wrasse, sand eels and the odd suba diver or two passing the camera.

Peter Tinsley, Marine Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: "We wanted people to be able to see the amazing wildlife down there without having to dive or snorkel.  I think people will be surprised at what they see”
The underwater camera is a joint project between Dorset Wildlife Trust, Durlston Country Park, Swanage Pier Trust and Isle of Purbeck Sub-Aqua Club (IPSAC), with a Dorset Biodiversity Grant.