The sound of spring is here


This April and May you can hear a chorus of song on Brownsea, as birds such as Blackbirds, Robins, Chaffinchs, Chiffchaffs and Wrens seek to defend their territories and sing to attract a mate.

With no predators on the island, Brownsea has become a haven for woodland birds such as these, so they can sing to their hearts’ content, undisturbed.

Join a guided Early Morning Bird walk for the perfect opportunity to hone your listening skills and soak up Brownsea at its most peaceful.

A knowledgable ranger guide from the National Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust will help you pick out the various sights and sounds as you explore the island outside of the usual opening hours.

During your stroll you may even catch a glimpse of one of our resident, rare red squirrels.

Chaffinches are common but colourful birds
Chaffinches are common but colourful birds

Birds use a variety of calls and many also have a song; from a Chaffinch which has a cheery song with a distinctive, loud heap, to the Wren which is one of the smallest British birds but has an astonishingly loud song!  Not only beautiful, birdsong is also really useful in identifying birds; a Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff look very similar, but their songs are totally different.

The morning...

Our Countryside ranger will collect you from Sandbanks jetty and take you for a short trip across the water on the National Trust Brownsea Enterprise vessel. 

You’ll then be taken on an exclusive guided walk through the sights and sounds of the island, long before the main island opening.

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.

This special event takes place twice in spring 2020; on April 25 and May 2.  Please see our what’s on page for more details and to book.