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. Our early morning guided walk is the perfect opportunity to hone your listening skills and soak up Brownsea at it's most peaceful.  On 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 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 through the sights and sounds of wildlife in this natural habitat, before any other visitors comes to the island. 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; the first is on Saturday 29th April and the second is on 5th May 2018.  Please see our what’s on page for more details on how to book.  Places are limited to ensure you have a peaceful visit, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

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