Brownsea is the largest of Poole harbour’s eight islands measuring 1.5 miles long by 0.75 miles wide, owned by the National Trust with a nature reserve in the north which is managed by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. There is plenty to see and do at Brownsea Island from free guided walks to nature trails or you could just take a picnic and while away the hours admiring the stunning views across the harbour towards Old Harry Rocks and the Purbeck hills.
Wildlife on BrownseaBrownsea Island is one of the few places left in the UK where you can still find the Red Squirrel, the best time to spot them is in the Spring and Autumn when they are most active.
Brownsea is also home to Sika deer and has a large population of colourful peacocks, many species of wild birds can be found along the shoreline and in the lagoon including Kingfishers and Oystercatchers.
Getting to Brownsea & More InformationA ferry service runs every half hour from Poole Quay and also from Sandbanks prices start at around £4.50 for an adult return ticket call the ferry operators for more details on 01929 462383 or visit their website: http://www.brownseaislandferries.com.
There is also a National Trust admission fee to the island itself more information can be found at the National Trust Website