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Brownsea Island
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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Ranked #1 of 67 things to do in Poole
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Owned by the National Trust, Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. 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 come and follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. Scout and Guide Groups can camp and get stuck in with activities such as archery and low ropes and we also offer Eco Adventure Camping as an opportunity for the general public to come and experience the great outdoors. 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.
Reviewed 21 March 2014

We visited Brownsea Island again in January on an organised bird watching trip with around a dozen others and an excellent leader. There were no other visitors there, giving us the island without crowds. Avocets were the manin quarry and we saw lots, but the other birds were equally as good from the two hides. An earlier summer visit was also an excellent experience, especially the Dorset Wildlife Trust part. Plenty of Red Squirrels and the expected birds. Not that many people either. The ferry trip around the island was also interesting and the coffee in the NT Centre was good.

Thank DodLT
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Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

What a great little island! We took the boat from Pool and although it was a cloudy spring day, it was a lovely day!

We walked around the island and took great pictures, plus we find out that there was the first boys scouts place ever.

We enjoyed going in the little church and the peacocks and lovely spring flowers that were everywhere. We are going for a summer visit next

Thank liliana-sanziana
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Loved our visit to Brownsea Island. The weather was glorious and subsequently it was lovely to stroll around the Island, and believe me I don't do walking, but it was nice to get to the next viewpoint. The island is two extremes - One minute we are overlooking the sea and next minute we are in woodland looking at the RED squirrels. Brill. Counting the number of bird watchers on the ferry over, it must be a haven for the bird watching community.

I would recommend a visit at the drop of a hat.

Thank scottjobyfleet
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This is the jewel set in Poole Harbour and a must if you are on holiday in the Poole area. Ferries run every 30 minutes from Poole Quay and there is often a National Trust offer to refund entry and ferry cast if you join. The Tea Room is excellent for light lunches and cream teas but the real treat is to walk round the island and soak up the views and flora and fauna. If you have someone in your party with mobility issues, phone ahead and you may well be able to pick up a lift on the island tractor. Watch out for the lovely red squirrels.

Thank dwim1946
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Located in the middle of Poole Harbour this secluded island is only reachable by boat. Take a scheduled ferry from Poole Quayside or from Sandbanks (shorter ride). The boat trip across adds that little bit extra to the experience; seeing the valuable prestigeous beach-front properties of the World famous Sandbanks Peninsular; and then watching the various other sea going craft as they negotiate the narrow entrance to Poole Harbour with its chain link ferry taking bathers to Studland beach.

Arriving at the island ferry pier next to the National Trust Office, Tea Room and Shop you are at the gateway to an experience of nature and tranquility that is seldom found so close to such a large populated area.

Take a long leisurely walk around the whole island (it is bigger than you think so don't rush).

Visit the well sign-posted nature reserve and bird sanctaury (but be very quiet or you may miss something). See the native Red-Squirrels scurrying around on every corner of your walk as they hunt for food whilst keeping a watchful eye on you as you pass them by.

Experience the fresh sea air gently blowing through the vast ancient trees.

Take a picnic and make it a full day out or just eat in the NT Tea Rooms.

Play a gentle game of frisbee on the various open grassed areas.

Feel rejuvinated at the end of your day knowing that this peice of England remains unspoilt.

3  Thank Martyn C
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