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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.

Red squirrel walks

2015 Great British Walk in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor 

2015 Great British Walk in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor

Daily between 28 Sep - 23 Oct 11.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 3.30pm

Share a Great Britsh Walk in partnership with Cotswold Outdoors by coming along with us to see how many rare red squirrels you can spot. At this time of year they come down from the canopy of trees to store food and can be seen playing in the low branches. More Info: 01202 707744, Email us

Autumn wander

Autumn colours 

Autumn colours

Sat, 10 Oct 12pm - 1.30pm

Venture out with our ranger and discover more about the nature and wildlife on Brownsea in autumn. Explore the island at this special time of year, when red squirrels can be seen on the ground and in low branches and our amazing autumn colours are on display. Booking Essential More Info: 01202 707744, or Email us

Christmas walks on Brownsea

Frost covered Brownsea 

Frost covered Brownsea

Sat 14, 28 Nov and 12 Dec 10.30am - 3.00pm

This is your opportunity to visit the island when it's usually closed and enjoy the tranquillity of our winter wildlife. After your walk you can enjoy light refreshments, purchase some last minute gifts from our unique island shop. Also bring along a winter picnic to enjoy after your walk. Booking essential, tickets £12. More Info: 01202 707744, or Email us

Seahorse landing craft

Brownsea viewed from the harbour

Our seahorse landing craft will be available for bookings to take a max of 6 disabled people in wheelchairs along with 6 carers. On the following dates Oct: Tue 13, Fri 16, Sun 25, Fri 30 Nov:  Sun 1. Pick up point is from Sandbanks Yacht Company Café. Visitors will need to park on Panorama Road, Sandbanks and arrive 20-30 minutes earlier than boat times . Booking essential, more info: 01202 707744, or Email

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?

Autumn events on Brownsea

There's something for everyone to enjoy. Lend a hand on Brownsea, Autumn birds on Brownsea, family squirrel walks. Along with , outdoor activity day, spooky half term trail and Hallowe'en tales.