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Famous for our red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting

Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills.

Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a unique haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers.

The Outdoor Centre invites you to follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. Groups of Scouts and Guides can camp here during the summer.

The perfect day's adventure - this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore.

Spooky half-term on Brownsea

Join us for some spooky fun this Halloween © National Trust/Naomi Goggin

Join us for some spooky fun this Halloween

It’s Hallowe'en half-term on Brownsea, come along for a spooky island adventure with eerie happenings along the way. We're having a special event on Hallowe'en 31 Oct, with storytelling, spooky trail, crafts, batty biscuit icing and spooky games.

Children's red squirrel walks

25 Oct - 2 Nov Join our special children's walk. Spot red squirrels, learn how they bury their food and see if you can remember where you put your secret supply of chestnuts on this guided woodland walk. Free event (normal admission charges apply) More Information: Brownsea island property office, 01202 707744,