Poole, Dorset

A peaceful island, famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding, 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 haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers. Visitors will be fascinated by the island's rich history including daffodil farming, pottery works and the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement. The Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre invites you to follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. So whether you love wildlife or just want to escape from the stresses of modern life, Brownsea is the perfect place to explore and enjoy throughout the year. Explore the great outdoors with a family tracker pack, play hide and seek, try beachcombing, pick up a smugglers trail or try our new tree climbing adventure. Take a wander in the woods, and try and spot the elusive and rare red squirrel or get hunting and see how many shells, feathers and leaves you can find. Follow in the footsteps of the Famous Five and enjoy a Brownsea picnic, pick up children's lunch packs from the Villano Café or stay and enjoy a leisurely break. Borrow an all-terrain buggy and toilets with baby changing facilities are available.

This event took place in September 2014 and the entry is now archived.



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National Trust Brownsea Island

Date last modified: 12th May 2014 at 11:24

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