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Notice: Please note Brownsea Island is only open to pre-booked groups from now until Sat 7 Feb when we open for our winter weekends in 2015.

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.

Christmas guided walks on Brownsea

Brownsea Island covered in winter frost 

Brownsea Island covered in winter frost

Sunday 7, 14, 21 December, 10.30am - 3pm.

Enjoy some peace and quiet amidst your busy preparations for Christmas. Here's an opportunity to visit the island when it's usually closed and enjoy the chance of seeing some of our winter wildlife. After your walk you can enjoy light refreshments and purchase some last minute gifts from our unique island shop. Booking essential, Tickets £12.
More Information: Brownsea Island Property Office, 01202 707744,

Winter birds of Brownsea Island

Brownsea Islands lagoon in winter

Saturday 7 Feb, and 21 March, at 11am

Discover the Winter birds of Britain's favourite nature reserve with Dorset Wildlife Trust. This event is part of 'The Great Heath Living Landscape Project'. For more Information contact: Dorset Wildlife Trust, booking essential email or call 01202 692033. Normal admission charges apply, please meet us at the public hide, by the cormorant sculpture on Brownsea Island.