Things to see & do

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Natural play area on Brownsea

Want something adventurous for the kids to do outdoors. Then try out our natural play area on the island. Listen to a clip from our head ranger Reuben Hawkwood who talks about outdoor adventures and play on Brownsea island.

Bird and wildlife spotting

Grab a tracker pack and go in search of sika deer and wood ants © Ian Shaw

Grab a tracker pack and go in search of sika deer and wood ants

Bring your binoculars along and visit one of our bird hides on the island. You might see avocets, terns and godwits on the lagoon and woodpeckers and small seed-eating birds in the woodland. Also look out for our famous red squirrels and maybe see one of the elusive golden pheasants or sika deer.

Electric buggy tours

Woodland buggy tour © Edward Shorthouse

Woodland buggy tour

For visitors who are less mobile, this beautiful island can be explored through our electric buggy tours. Helpful and fascinating guides will take you on a trip around the island. They will stop at various sites of interest so that you can enjoy the views, wildlife and history that is to be found here.

Call 01202 707744 for more information and to book.

Tree climbing trail

Head to the visitor centre to collect your tree climbing trail. With seven trees to climb and three large logs to walk across, why not take bark rubbings as you go and see how high you can climb?

Time to chill

  •  © National Trust

    Coastal views

    Admire stunning coastal views at one of our view points.

  • Woodland wanders

    Take a gentle walk through the island's woodland, stopping off to relax at the lily pond.

Don't miss

  • Brownsea's history and mystery at the visitor centre
  • Bird and wildlife spotting
  • Maryland village remains
  • Scout stone and campsite
  • Delicious food and drink in the Villano CafĂ©
  • Local Dorset goodies in the gift shop