Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset BH13 7EE.
Famous for our red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting. 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.
There is plenty to do with special trails and the public bird hide. Families can make the most of our tracker pack challenge, children's trails, tree climbing and our brand new natural play area.
Open for winter weekends from Saturday 6th February to Sunday 13th March, boats leave every hour starting at 10.30am from Poole and at 10.00am from Sandbanks (shop, café and visitor centre will all be open). Return boats are 15 minutes to the hour to Sandbanks and 10 minutes to the hour to Poole. Full opening from Saturday 19th March, boats leave every 30 minutes from Poole and Sandbanks.
Advisable to check website for day-to-day timings.
11th December -
Poole Harbour Bird Boats - Join expert guides from the RSPB and Dorset Wildlife Trust for a unique opportunity to see one of the best winter bird spectacles in the UK.
18th December -
Winter Walks on Browsea -
Visit the island when it's usually closed and enjoy the tranquility of our winter wildlife.