Red squirrels and autumn leaves: Why you should visit Brownsea Island before it closes in October

Autumn is in the air and it’s the perfect time to spot red squirrels scampering through colourful leaves on Brownsea Island.

Spiritual home of the worldwide Scouting movement, this unspoilt haven in southwest England is where Robert Baden-Powell first took groups of boys to learn bushcraft skills more than 100 years ago.

The small island in Dorset’s Poole Harbour now welcomes more than 130,000 day-visitors and campers a year.

Why should I visit Brownsea Island?

If you love being at one with nature, Brownsea is the place for you. A lagoon, lakes, reedbeds and beaches offer sanctuary to a vast number of birds, while the woodland is home to red squirrels and sika deer.


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