Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

This National Trust island wildlife sanctuary features a patchwork of natural habitats including woodland, heathland and a lagoon, which provides a home to rare red squirrels and other wildlife such as kingfishers and oystercatchers.

Take the ferry from Poole Quay or Sandbanks and spend a leisurely few hours walking around the island, following nature trails and enjoying views across to the Purbeck Hills. Guidebooks and maps are available from the Visitor Centre. Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a unique haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers.

The Outdoor centre invites you to follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. Groups of Scouts and Guides can camp here during the summer. If you've got the kids in tow, pick up the National Trust's Great Brownsea Storybook Adventure trail and discover all there is to know about this fascinating castaway island.

The perfect day's adventure - this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore.

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Poole Harbour
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Follow brown signs to Poole Quay or Sandbanks. To access Poole Harbour from the west take the A35/A350 Dorchester-Poole road. From the east take the A31 Ringwood-Poole road. From the north take the A3081/A350 Shaftesbury-Poole road.