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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.

Birds of Brownsea migration time

A tern flying high over Brownsea Island © Perkins

A tern flying high over Brownsea Island

Sat 13 Sept, 11am-1pm. Discover the birds of Britain's favourite nature reserve with Dorset Wildlife Trust. The bird migration season is underway and Brownsea's internationally important lagoon is a top stopover for many wading birds.

Meet at the public hide by the cormorant sculpture (100m from the quay on Brownsea Island) Entry is free to the island today as we are taking part in Heritage Open Day. Boat fares still apply. Contact information island property office: 01202 707744. Dorset Wildlife Trust Brownsea Island reserve

First World War walks

Discover the remains of bomb craters and much more on your tour © National Trust

Discover the remains of bomb craters and much more on your tour

This season we're running a whole host of free guided walks that will reveal more about Brownsea at war. Join us for walks on the island’s general wartime history as well as walks focused on Brownsea’s First World War Connections.

Various dates between May - Oct, check out our events page for more information.

Booking is essential, normal admission charges apply.
Contact Information: Brownsea Island Property Office on 01202 707744 or

Brownsea's summer 50 things trail

Pick up a 50 things booklet and see how many you can complete at our action stations across the island. How high can you climb on our tree trail? Discover our natural play area.