Wildlife experiences 2019

The island's pristine beaches are an ideal place to cool off and learn about how you can help look after these special coastal and marine habitats.

Out of hours experiences

Supper and Safaris

Every Thursday evening throughout June, there's an opportunity to join the island's new Supper and Safaris.  Enjoy a delicious supper in the harbour fronted Villano Café and watch the world go by, then join one of our wildlife experts who will lead you on a night time safari to meet some of the wildlife that appear once the visitor boats have left for the day and the sun starts to go down.  Prices are £35 per person and booking is essential. (Includes boat ride, supper and walk.)

Early Bird Walks

Bookend the summer with the last Early Bird Walk of the season on Oct 5.  One of our expert countryside rangers will collect you from Sandbanks Jetty on the trusty Enterprise vessel and bring across to the island, long before any other visitors.  This early bird guided walk takes you through the sights and sounds of the lagoon with it's internationally important populations of both wading and sea birds.  After your walk, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast roll and a warming cuppa in the Villano Cafe.  Prices are £25 per adult, £12.50 per child and booking is essential. (Price includes boat ride, breakfast and admission.)

A guide in a hide on Brownsea
bird hide
A guide in a hide on Brownsea

Beaches and coastline

Begin your coastal exploration on a free Friday Seashore Ramble throughout the season.  Once a month, a member from the Ranger team will talk you through the curious creatures that make the shoreline their home.  

For little legs there's the free Coastal Creatures trail or Brownsea Seahsore Bucket List which are available to pick up from the island's Visitor Centre. At low tide everything from seaweeds to crabs can be spotted along the South Shore which is also a refreshing place to paddle tired feet.  Families can learn about our oceans and simple things we can do to help protect them


Playing on South Shore beach
Girl playing on beach on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Playing on South Shore beach