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Review of Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island
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US$13.45*
and up
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Ranked #1 of 67 things to do in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
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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 16 April 2014

lovely boat trip to get here.no traffic so can walk anywhere.red squirrels,wonderful bird life,great walks and beaches.lovely day out.also baden powell history.dorset wildlife trust have a reserve which is extra but really worth it.national trust members free admission.

Thank daveyk
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We went on a day with clear blue skies and little wind, so the boat trip and the walking were perfect.
With binoculars, the £2 fee for the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve is money well spent, with access to hides by the lagoon and lakes. Even for those far short of "twitchers" it is worthwhile, as the twitchers are tolerant of a few ignorant questions.
The binoculars are also useful for the squirrels, as contrary to the impression given by some reviews, we found them hard to find, but were pleased to watch the two we found. We did speak to others who had seen none, so expect to keep a constant watch if you are to see them.
We were lucky enough to hear a cuckoo on 2 occasions, and were told in advance by Wildlife volunteers that they had heard them.
It was a surprise in mid-April to see the first of the many dragonflies which can be found there.
We spent the morning in the reserve and about two and a half hours walking around the rest of the island in the afternoon, after eating in the excellent cafe.
A great way to spend a day!

Thank fatoldman
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

The leisurely boat through the delightful setting of Poole Harbour leads to its largest island - Brownlee. No cars here, just peaceful wooded glades leading to a open heartland, all surrounded with stunning harbour views. What a delight.

Thank MarkandJulieDavis
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

The freedom for children is wonderful on Brownsea. We took our two grand children age 4yrs and 6 yrs for the day - it is rather a lot of money to ferry over AND to land (as we are not in the National Trust )......However to watch the kids gather logs and big branches; get bundles of dead fern to block up holes; mix with other kids older and younger to make "homes" round trees it was just magical. No health and safety issues which is so refreshing. Oliver (4) needed the loo and on the way back climbed three different trees that were marked as " good to climb" before returning to a filthy and extremely happy Sister and Grand-dad ( who was still as clean as a whistle but had some great photos!!)
A few weeks ago just the two of us, aged P's, went over with the Dorset Trust. A large boat load went over but we wandered off saw very few people for the whole 4 hours we were there. Enjoyed a picnic lunch while watching four red squirrels and various bird life. One of the hides gave excellent views. It is just a lovely relaxing place - well worth a visit; but be aware it does hurt the purse strings a wee bit!!

Thank joanna319
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Brownsea is a must go to destination in Poole Harbour. Apart from red squirrels peacocks and various seabirds etc. the island offers wonderful walks for all the family

Thank Jude b
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