Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

Things to see and do

Things to see and do

Brownsea Island

What's on 

Upcoming events

Birdsong Morning Walk

Sat 28 May 2016
An early morning wildlife experience.

Minibeasts on Brownsea

Sat 28 May 2016
Discover more about minibeasts living on Brownsea Island. Take part in our free trail, bug hotel workshops (Tues, Thurs 11am and 2pm), minibeast crafts (weekends) or make a clay minibeast of your own (Mon, Wed and Fri 11am-3pm)

Brownsea Island World War One Walk

Tue 14 Jun 2016
Come and join this free guided walk that explores the island's first world war connections.

Curious about nature

Fri 24 Jun 2016
An exciting opportunity to discover more about the wildlife on Brownsea Island. Join special walks, talks and activities to get closer to nature on Brownsea.

Sunday SconeFest

Sun 03 Jul 2016
Freshly baked delights await you in our cafe garden. Come along to the Villano Cafe where there will be a marquee and live music. Try a variety of sweet and savoury scones, preserves and teas.

Evening nature walk and picnic

Fri 08 Jul 2016
Enjoy a summer evening on the island with a picnic. A member of our Ranger team will take you on a walk to discover more about our nocturnal wildlife. Bring your own picnic. Booking essential.
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View over the island lagoon

Brownsea's wildlife and habitats 

Brownsea Island is home to a wide variety of wildlife and habitats, all within a relatively small area. Explore the mixed and pine woodland, home to the famous red squirrels, watch migrating birds on the lagoon or spot dragonflies and lizards in the heath.

Red Squirrel populations are being affected by leprosy

New red squirrel study will assess scale of leprosy threat 

We are working on a new study into the threat of leprosy in red squirrels with the University of Edinburgh and Dorset Wildlife Trust. Its aim is to better understand the impact of leprosy in Britain’s red squirrel population.

Sand Lizard

Summer wildlife spotting 

What to look out for in Summer

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Outdoor Centre, group visits and learning activities

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Eating and shopping

Homemade cakes

Eating and shopping on Brownsea Island 

Enjoy a home made cake or visit the gift shop to browse our range of summery gifts.

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Brownsea Island history

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Places to stay

Holiday cottages on the quay

Holiday cottages by the sea. 

Brownsea Island offers two holiday cottages that feel a world away from the crowds.

Brownsea countryside volunteer

Volunteering on Brownsea 

Are you interested in volunteering? We have a large number of volunteer teams here on Brownsea Island. There are lots of ways that you could get involved.