Early morning lagoon walk experience

Wetland on Brownsea Island

On June 16, we are offering the opportunity to visit the island when it is normally closed to the public. Nature enthusiasts can explore the wildlife wonders that make the internationally important lagoon, the place to raise their young.

The five hides that overlook Brownsea's lagoon, lakes and reed bed are the perfect spot to watch the spectacular comings and goings of many species of birds.  Reclaimed as pasture in the 1850s, the lagoon was allowed to flood in the 1930s becoming a non-tidal brackish water lagoon offering a sanctuary to a vast number of birds such as Sandwich terns and black headed gulls.  

The morning

Our countryside ranger will collect you from Sandbanks jetty at 7:30am and take you for a short trip across the water on our own Brownsea Enterprise vessel to the island.  You’ll then be taken on an exclusive guided walk, stopping at the hides overlooking the lagoon.  Following your ramble, it’s back to the Villano café for a well-earned breakfast roll and cuppa which you can enjoy as you soak up views of the harbour.

" ‘You should see shell duck in their droves herding their young and this year we’ve already spotted 84 pairs of Sandwich terns nesting. I also noticed a couple of ruffs wading through the shallows, which is an unusual sight for this time of year.’ "
- John Lamming, ranger on Brownsea Island.

Why not bookend your visit?

We have two eary morning lagoon walks this year.  The first on June 16, focuses on the nesting birds and the second on October 6, studies bird arrivals and departures prior to the coming winter. 

Your visit will help up conserve this unique habitat on Brownsea, not only for our birdlife but for everyone to enjoy for generations to come.

Tern on the wing
Sandwich Tern
Tern on the wing

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