Brownsea Island

Important notice -

Most of our countryside areas are open, although some areas have been cordoned off while essential conservation works are taking place. Our Cafe and toilets are open. To guarantee entry, booking is strongly advised. Ferries run from Poole Quay only.

Famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting

Brownsea Island

What's on

Red squirrel standing on a woodland floor

Book your visit

To guarantee your entry and ferry to the island, you'll need to book your tickets.

Brownsea Island

Things to see and do

This autumn
Red squirrel walks
Red Squirrel

Guided red squirrel walks: 20 September - 22 October 

Join one of our dedicated volunteers for a free guided walk around Brownsea in search of the island's most famous resident - the rare red squirrel. Learn about their life on Brownsea, including what they eat and what makes the island a sanctuary for these charming creatures and pick up some squirrel spotting tips along the way. These walks are offered on a daily basis, subject to volunteer availability, at 11am and 1:30pm, ask at reception on arrival. If a walk is unable to take place, our staff and volunteers will still be able to offer you some advice on where to try and spot squirrels at this time of year - a busy time for our little reds as they prepare for winter.

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Villano cafe garden

Villano Café 

The Villano Café is open and is serving a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals. Sit back, relax and take in the harbour sights and sounds as you fuel up for your island adventure.

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Places to stay

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Brownsea Island

Our work


Brownsea Island Countryside Stewardship project

A major project to restore and improve Brownsea’s habitat will be taking place on the island from late September 2021. We'll be embarking on one of the largest conservation projects in the island’s history, to create a better space and the right conditions for nature to thrive and provide a more sustainable future for the conservation of species dependent on Brownsea's varied habitat.

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