Brownsea Island – Days out in Dorset

For those wanting a day away from the hustle and bustle of city life Brownsea Island, situated in the magnificent Poole Harbor, offers some fine walks and beautiful scenic views enabling the visitor to relax in some of the best countryside that Dorset has to offer.

Brownsea, now owned by the National Trust, is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of the scouting movement being used by Baden-Powell as the first location for his scout camp for boys in 1907. Over 100 years later the island still holds these ties firm and you can often see scout teams visiting the island.

However for many the real reason for visiting the Island is for its wildlife. The island is one of the UK’s leading habitats for red squirrels and features many other varieties of wildlife and is a well known bird spotters paradise offering up a fine variety of sea birds and waders. The northern part of the island, which has limited access to the public, is managed by the Dorset Wildlife trust. Here, Herons, Turns and little Egrets can all be seen and over by the lagoon summer migrants such as the Sandwich and common tern are common.

The island is accessible by boat and several ferry’s run from Poole harbor, Bournemouth and Swanage pier, servicing the island. However be sure to check the times of the last ferry so as not to get stranded!

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