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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 Baden-Powell 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.
So whether you love wildlife or just want to escape from the stresses of modern life with your family, Brownsea is the perfect place to explore and enjoy throughout the year.
Birdwatchers and other visitors will be able to make a rare trip to Brownsea island in February as the national trust opens the island on weekends from the 8 Feb - 16 Mar 10am-4pm.
Known as an over wintering stop-over for many migrating birds, the island is internationally important for it's numbers of winter birds and this year for the first time, there will be a guide in our public hide, to help you spot the Avocet and Black-tailed Godwits as well as other waders on the lagoon. We also get large numbers of ducks and would expect to have over 600 including Teal, Shelduck, Shoveler, Wigeon and Gadwall.
Future winter opening
We'd love to ask you a few more questions to help us decide whether we might open Brownsea Island for winter weekends in the future. Can you spare just a few minutes to go to our short survey (just six questions)?