Harbour on the Dorset coast is the second biggest natural harbour in the world
with 96 km of coastline and several unspoilt islands.
One of those islands
is Brownsea which was once a sanctuary for deer from Japan imported by Victorian
landowners with a penchant for exotic species.
Estuaries are fantastic
habitats for wildlife. Great tidal flows, deep and shallow waters, and salt marshes
all provide rich places for wildlife.
- Our estuaries offer amazing opportunities
for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Nature's Calendar team
- from bird watching to reptile hunting.
Harbour and Brownsea Island - Visitor Guide
Island, Poole, Dorset.|
Arne Reedbeds, near Wareham, Poole, Dorset.
Trust - 01202 707744|
Dorset Wildlife Trust - 01202 709445
Trust - 01202 701635|
for bird watching.|
and nature watching. Sailing and water sports in harbour. Nature trails. Cliff-top
walk and nature trails at Brownsea Island.
Arne Reedbeds near
Wareham on the edge of Poole Harbour is a good place for bird watching run by
the RSPB - nature trails and bird hide. Open all year.
suggest that wheelchair users contact ferry operators for information about boat
trips to Brownsea Island. |
Brownsea Island National Trust area - island
tracks are rough in places. Adapted WCs. Grounds partly accessible - map of accessible
route available. Braille guide.
Most of the Brownsea Island nature reserve
trail and its three bird hides are accessible by wheelchair.
there:||Brownsea Island - half-hourly boat service
from Poole Quay (tel. 01202 631828 or 01929 462383) and Sandbanks (tel. 01929
462383). There is also a service from Bournemouth and Swanage (tel. 01202 558550).|
Harbour is served by trains and buses.
Brownsea Wildlife Reserve: Open March-June
and September-October for a self-guided nature trail from 10:00am until dusk.
July and August - access by guided tour daily from 2:00pm.
Island - open late March-late October 10am-4pm.
to Brownsea Island: Adults £4.40, children £2.20, group rates. Nature
reserve is Adult £2, 12-18 year olds £1, children under 12 go free.|
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