We took a train from London to Poole and had a lovely walk through to old town to the harbour to catch the boat to Brownsea Island. We were delighted to see a number of red squirrels and Oyster Catchers up close. The views were stunning and we found the history of the islands very interesting (The National Trust have put up some information boards at the sites of interest). Despite the fact that it was school holidays and there were a lot of people on the island (including a scout camp) we easily found quiet spots to do some wild life spotting. Get away from the crowds find a nice spot to sit still and you will be rewarded. There are also many great picnic spots with benches sited at locations with lovely views.
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