Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is an island wildlife sanctuary with breathtaking views across the Purbeck Hills.

Home to a thriving colony of rare red squirrels, the island is one of few places in the UK where red squirrels are found. It is also home to anumber of bird species. Brownsea island is a nature lover’s delight!

Brownsea Island is run by the National Trust, and has a shop, a café and even a post box. There is an outdoor centre that offers camping to groups of Scouts and Guides, who have been coming here since Robert Baden-Powell brought the first group here in 1907.

The National Trust offers regular activities for children during school holiday and half-term break, and also has bird-watching for adults, and the cafe offers a superb cream tea.

The island was once owned by Mrs Bonham-Christie; a notoriously reclusive lady, and Enid Blyton’s Famous Five book “Whispering Island” is based on Brownsea 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. Just a short ferry ride from Bournemouth it really feels like an island adventure.

To find out more about visiting Brownsea Island see the National Trust website.

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