Above: Brownsea © Stewart Canham
Below: Red Squirrel © Stewart Canham, Avocet © Stewart Canham, Water Vole © Phyl England
DWT are delighted to announce that Brownsea Island has been shortlisted in the BBC Countryfile Magazine 2013 awards! We are asking for as many votes as possible to help this unique and special nature reserve win the ‘Britain’s favourite nature reserve’ category.
For the past 50 years the National Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust have been working in partnership to protect and conserve the many rare species that thrive on the small harbor island of Brownsea.
A safe home for red squirrels
The island is now one of the only places in South England where red squirrels thrive, this is largely due to the absence of grey squirrels from the island, and continued conservation work by DWT and the National Trust to make sure Brownsea remains a suitable habitat for them.
As well as providing a safe home for more than 200 red squirrels, Brownsea Island also has a sheltered lagoon, which provides an important habitat for overwintering and summer breeding birds, including black-tailed godwits, sandwich terns and little egrets.
Other features which have earned Brownsea a place in the nominations include the flooded woodland, pine wood and general diversity of habitats.
Lots to see and do
Around the island there is a total of five bird hides overlooking the lagoon, lakes and reedbed, visitors can get a truly up-close look at the birds, aswell as, having a chance of catching a rare glimpse of a water vole.
You can cast your vote by heading over to www.countryfile.com/awardsvote or emailing by 30th September 2013.
Brownsea is open every day form March to October, with ferries running every 30 minutes from Sandbanks.