Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island lies in the heart of Poole Harbour, the world’s biggest natural harbour (or second biggest if you listen to the Aussies). We took a picnic with us and caught the ferry from Poole to the island. Brownsea, which was host to the BBC’s Autumnwatch in 2008, is owned by the National Trust and famous for two things, the first ever Scout camp in 1907 and red squirrels, one of the few places in the South you can see them.

The island is 1 1/2 miles long and is a great place to stroll around for the afternoon with a mixture of pine and broadleaf forest, heath and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. With only 250 red squirrels we’d be lucky to see one. It happened within 5 minutes with one scurrying along a wall just behind the castle. Then no more all afternoon, we were lucky as most visitors don’t see any. It was too quick for my camera though.

During our picnic we were visited by this Peacock who put on a fabulous display for us.

This is the Baden Powell stone commemorating the first ever Scout camp.

The views from the southern edge of the island were glorious.

Chloe was worn out by the time we got back to the ferry, we saw about half of the island so there’s plenty to do for a day, we didn’t go to the Nature Reserve. Then it was back to Poole Quay for fish and chips and home. A great day out!

14 responses to “Brownsea Island

  1. Sounds like a good day out, the weather was good too yesterday. You were lucky to see a red squirrel.

  2. I haven’t been to Poole in years. I must get down there this summer.

  3. I may be mixed up but do they have seals too?

  4. Dear Damo, Looks and sounds idyllic. A Poole Pottery bowl is one of my favourite possessions, nice to see where it came from.

    • Hi yes we have some Poole pottery too, real collectors items, the factory is right next to the quay although I haven’t be in there for years.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    My husband is a scouter, as was his mother before him. I am sure he will be jealous of your visit to Brownsea Island- I know he would love to visit there!


    • Hi Jennifer, yes it’s a Mecca for Scouts, I used to be one years ago. There were loads camping on the island just the same as they were over 100 years ago.

  6. I went there years ago and have fond memories of the place. It’s on my, rather long, list of places to revisit!

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