Wildlife

Spring

Peacock strolling through spring time daffodils on Brownsea Island

Peacock strolling through spring time daffodils on Brownsea Island

Everything begins to come to life during the spring. Listen out for the noisy call of the black-headed gull and watch the peackocks showing off on Church Field.

What to look out for

  • The first mallard ducklings
  • Terns and gulls nesting on the lagoon
  • Brimstone butterflies on warmer days
  • Red squirrels with a spring in their step
  • Reed warblers and water rails in the reed beds

Summer

Exploring Brownsea's heathland

Exploring Brownsea's heathland

During the summer look out for dragonflies, butterflies and other insects on the heathland. Our red squirrels like to keep cool and snooze.

What to look out for

  • Common and Sandwich terns feeding their chicks on the lagoon
  • White admirals, purple hairstreaks and other butterflies on the heath
  • Common spotted and marsh orchids flowering in damper areas
  • Common lizards basking

Autumn

A red squirrel munching on nuts

A red squirrel munching on nuts

Autumn is the best time to spot red squirrels as they busily hunt for seeds and nuts on the woodland floor. 

What to look out for

  • Red squirrels in the woodland
  • Autumn fungi on the woodland floor
  • The busy wood ants
  • Sika deer grazing on the grasslands
  • Listen out for the call of the green woodpeckers

Winter

Avocets are one of many types of birds that visit the lagoon in winter

Avocets are one of many types of birds that visit the lagoon in winter

Our special winter weekend opening will run from the second weekend in February 2014.

This is an incredible time for seeing wildlife due to the large numbers of rare migrating birds visiting our stunning lagoon. Visit the hides and see what you can spot.

What to look out for

  • The rare black-tailed godwit
  • Large numbers of migrating avocets
  • Many types of duck including the wigeon
  • Other birds including the green woodpecker and willow warbler

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