Wildlife spotting

Wildlife spotters can follow waymarked routes through a wealth of diff erent habitats from the sheltered lagoon and sweeping shorelines, to woodlands and heathland. As you wander, keep an eye out for the famous red squirrel.

A red squirrel at Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset

Brownsea Island red squirrels

With their tufted ears, tawny coloured fur and bushy tails, these elusive animals never fail to charm and excite when spotted.

A walk in the woods on Brownsea

Woodland wildlife and Coastal creatures

Within moments of stepping off the ferry onto Brownsea Island, the hustle and bustle of life on the mainland feels like a million miles away and the sounds of nature can soothe the soul.

Brownsea Island quayside buildings and lagoon

Brownsea lagoon and wetlands

An internationally important wildlife haven, the lagoon hosts thousands of avian visitors each year.