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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.

Be a pirate this summer © Sam Taylor

Be a pirate this summer

A pirate adventure

25 Jul - 31 Aug 10am - 4pm Follow the free trail of the shipwrecked pirates, hear pirate tales from local storyteller Michele O'Brien (Tues), arts & crafts every Sat, Sun, Mon & Wed & Friday 31 July, 28 Aug, minibeast safaris (Thurs) build pirate shelters (£2). Come dressed as a pirate to enter our competition with prizes kindly donated by Lottie Dolls. Contact us for event dates or to book shelter building (No need to book for other activities) Property Office 01202 707744,

2015 events on Brownsea

There's something for everyone to enjoy. Get adventurous with nature, the big den build, and pirate adventures. Along with scone fest, outdoor activity day, dinner cruises, family camps and much much more to look forward to during 2015.

Island adventures for kids

Just one of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ © Alexa Morton

Do you want an outdoor adventure? You could try out some of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ while on Brownsea. Try to build your own den, or why not try out our tree climbing trail, discover our very own natural play area? Are you up for a challenge?

Guided walks on Brownsea

Discover Brownsea's wildlife and varied history by coming for a stroll with us on one of our guided walks. We've got  Second World War, island wildlife, morning birdsong , evening nature, heathland and our famous autumn red squirrel walks.