You may have heard of Brownsea Island as it was the birthplace of scouting and guiding. Found right in Poole harbour, this peaceful island feels a world away from the mainland and it’s a unique day out during a holiday in Poole. Visitors can enjoy unspoilt views right across the Purbeck Hills, and thanks to its stunning natural beauty the island is a haven for wildlife.
There’s a lagoon as well as sleepy woodland and heathland and regular sights include rare red squirrels, kingfishers, oystercatchers and many other birds. It’s not often wildlife lovers have the opportunity to watch birds and animals in such an undisturbed spot, and sitting watching them on this pretty island is the perfect way to while away a sunny day.
The first ever scouts camped on the island back in 1907, and visitors can try it for themselves at the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre. A visit to Brownsea is also a chance to experience some of the activities that have entertained scouts and guides over the last century, such as canoeing, orienteering and conservation work. The visitor’s squirrel camera now makes it even easier to catch the squirrels as they go about their days and the tree climbing trail is the latest way to enjoy this quiet family attraction.