Brownsea Island: wildlife, walks and a wetland reserve

Posted by Luci Ackers on 18 February 2016
Related property: Langton House
Brownsea Island in Dorset Red squirrel on Brownsea Island Purple heather Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is tucked into Poole Harbour off the south coast of Dorset. It's a tiny island that was the birthplace of the Scout Movement in 1907, and is now mostly owned and cared for by the National Trust. A small portion to the south east of the island, along with Brownsea Castle, is unfortunately not open to the public, but the majority of the area is free for you to explore, and there's certainly lots to see!

Brownsea is protected for its great wildlife and the northern end is an important Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. It's a wetland site with a sheltered lagoon and attracts a great range of birds, particularly waders like avocets and many different ducks. There are a number of hides dotted around for you to make use of and really get a good look at them all in the reedbeds and water. Keep your eyes open for grey herons, little egrets and common turns too.

The rest of the island is known for its red squirrel population. As these beautiful little creatures are almost extinct in southern England, they are the most important inhabitant and live in the patches of pine, oak and beech woodland that grow across the island. They're elusive little animals so you've got to really keep your eyes peeled to spot one. According to The Wildlife Trusts website there are currently around 200 red squirrels living here and they really thrive on the island because the hardier grey squirrel has never been introduced from across the water to wipe them out.

As you explore you will pass through all sorts of different habitat; as well as a variety of native woodland there is coastal habitat and the rough heathland areas of gorse and heather which is enjoyed by the island's large population sika deer. This is a non-native species originally introduced to the island from Japan in the 1800s. A small population of ornamental peacocks also roams freely.

There is a range of different walks, guided walks and trails to get involved in while here, and often a calendar of activities and events for younger visitors. In the visitor centre you'll be able to browse the gift shop or visit the museum. Grab a cuppa or sit down for something more substantial to eat in the café and make a whole day of it.

To reach the island the Brownsea Island Ferry Service departs from Sandbanks or from Poole Quay every half hour. The service runs between March and November.

For more information take a look at the National Trust website.

To stay just a short distance away, close to the coast on the Isle of Purbeck, simply enter your details below and find out more.

Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Explore one of our UK sites

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of Insight Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or, alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

SUBMIT SUBMIT
* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.8 out of 5 based on 1746 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Telephone number *  
Post code
iBy giving us your post code we can find a representative near you.
How should we contact you? *  
How did you hear about us?
Your message

One of our representatives will contact you using the information above.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

SUBMIT SUBMIT
* Indicates required fields

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Having a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. One of our representatives will show you around the site and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you are welcome to book a Personal Presentation at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and watch our complete DVD 'travelogue' of HPB locations.

BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR OR PERSONAL PRESENTATION

This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited ("HPBM") registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPBM is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, issued by HPB Assurance Limited ("HPBA") registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is HSBC Trustee (C.I.) Limited registered at HSBC House, Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 1GT. The Securities Manager is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LR.

Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies. No medical examination required. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM who will only charge for their services if you invest. HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA.