Across Brownsea Island there have been two discoveries with a Brownsea first for a spotted winged antlion, found in the John Lewis Castle grounds. The spotted winged antlion is an insect which resembles a dragonfly, but they are in fact their own family of insects. This is a species that had first been discovered in Minsmere in Suffolk, and then there have more recently been sightings in the South East of the UK.
Another wild discovery is of a sand lizard population on Brownsea Island. It is thanks to the conservation management by the National Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers that these reptiles have clearly thrived in the rich and varied habitat – even if undetected until now!