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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.

Girl beachcombing on Brownsea Island © John Millar

Girl beachcombing on Brownsea Island

May half-term beachcombers

23 May – 31 May, 10.30am – 4pm

What treasures can you find on the beach? Make your own treasure chest and fill it with your treasures from the beach. Bring them back to show us and we will give you a prize for the most unusual. Free event, More information: 01202 707744 or email.

2015 events on Brownsea

There's something for everyone to enjoy. Get adventurous with nature, the big den build, coastal creatures uncovered and Brownsea bioblitz. Along with big beach picnic, dinner cruise, family camps and much much more to look forward to during 2015.

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?

Guided walks on Brownsea

Discover Brownsea's wildlife and varied history by coming for a stroll with us on one of our guided walks. We've got  Second World War, island wildlife, morning birdsong , evening nature, heathland and our famous autumn red squirrel walks.