Spot the red squirrels on Brownsea Island

Dorset Echo: Spot the red squirrels on Brownsea Island Spot the red squirrels on Brownsea Island

TRY and see how many red squirrels you can spot on Brownsea Island.

The National Trust-owned Brownsea Island is situated within Poole Harbour with views overlooking the Purbeck Hills.

The island has been made famous by its the unique red squirrel population.

The remote island is accessible by a short ferry ride from Poole Quay and the Sandbanks Jetty.

The island has a variety of wildlife and landscapes including heathland, woodland and a lagoon, it’s these landscapes that provide the diverse and unique natural habitats housing not only red squirrels, but also a variety of birds.

Why not take a walk on the wild side and tread quietly through the woods as you try to spot the rare and endangered squirrels?

Although the island is known for its nature, there are a number of other activities available.

Over the Easter weekend a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail is being held around the island.

Accompanied by a number of stalls and crafts on the Church Field, the trail costs £2.50.

A year-round tree climbing guide is also available from the visitors centre perfect for younger children as a different way to enjoy the island.

Although the majority of the island is a flat, easy walk, there are some rough island tracks and beach access is only available by steep, uneven steps.

However there are a number of routes around the island so there is sure to be one to suit each families’ needs.

Call 01202 707744 or email brownseaisland@nationaltrust.org.uk

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