National Trust Brownsea Island

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A haven for red squirrels and a rich variety of seabirds with many fine walks and spectacular views.

Brownsea Island is the largest of eight islands in Poole Harbour in Dorset, England. The island is 1.5 miles long and 0.75 miles wide and is owned by the National Trust. Much of the island is open to the public and includes areas of woodland and heath with wide variety of wildlife, together with cliff top views across Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck. Access is by public ferry or private boat; in 2002 the island received 105,938 visitors.

The northern portion of the island is a Nature Reserve managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust and an important habitat for birds; this part of the island has limited public access. A small portion to the south-east of the island, along with the castle, is leased to the John Lewis Partnership for use as a holiday home for partners, and is not open to the public.

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