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Reserve information

location  
Location
150 metres from the National Trust Quay on the island.
 
OS Map references
SZ028878

tick   Great for...
Wading birds, wildfowl and red squirrels.

timeofyear  
Best time to visit
Early in the year for winter bird visitors, summer for breeding terns and autumn for red squirrel watching.

directions   Get directions
Find out here.

time  
Opening times
Open for winter, weekends only from Saturday 10th February 2018. Full time from Saturday 17th March - Sunday 28th October 2018.

size   Size
101 hectares (DWT Nature Reserve)

info  
Status
SSSI, SPA, Ramsar

DW protected habitatBrownsea Avocets

Protected site and quiet nature area.


access  
Access
The main track, Villa Wildlife Centre and two hides for lagoon views can be easily accessed. The NT run a wheelchair accessible service on the Seahorse.

walk  
Walking information

Brownsea trail time estimate 1 - 1.5 hours. Difficulty:easy/moderate with steps and challenging slopes at St Andrew's Hill. Please click here for a downloadable leaflet.


parking  
Parking
There is no road access on the Island.

Parking at Sandbanks

There is metered road parking available on the peninsular leading up to the ferry and Sandbanks car park is a 10 minute walk from the Sandbanks jetty.

Parking at Poole

There are well signposted car parks at Poole Quay,where the boats depart from.  


dog  
Dogs
Dogs are not allowed on this reserve.

contact
 
Site Managers
 
DWT Brownsea Island Nature Reserve
01202 709445
 
DWT East Team
01202 692033
 

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