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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.

Great British Walk

Join us for a Great British Walk this autumn 

Join us for a Great British Walk this autumn

8 Sep – 24 Oct. Take a walk through an incredible landscape of colour. Experience Brownsea’s awesome autumn colours, as the tree's vegetation slowly change to there autumnal palettes. Share your photos with us by using #GBwalk.
 

Birds of Brownsea migration time

A tern flying high over Brownsea Island © Perkins

A tern flying high over Brownsea Island

Sat 13 Sep, 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

Red squirrel walks

29 Sep - 24 Oct 2014 Join our guided walks and 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 Information: Brownsea Island Property Office , 01202 707744, brownseaisland@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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